New guide: Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation, published by ECPAT International and Religions for Peace

The Guide recognises that faith-based organisations and religious leaders are in a unique position to mobilise moral authority on this issue, influence thinking, generate debate and set standards for others to follow. They are also well-placed to take action when offenders ask for help, and to give families the advice and the tools they need to protect their children.

Outlining the critical role of religious communities in addressing this crime, the guide notes their spiritual, moral and social influence, as well as their obligation to end violence against children. It provides the perspectives of different religions on child protection as well as the following step-by-step tips to help religious leaders and communities take action, seek justice and protect children.

"Online sexual abuse and exploitation is a growing global problem for girls and boys, many of whom suffer in silence at the hands of people closest to them in their homes and communities. Through their values, moral authority and extensive networks, religious communities and faith-based organizations play a critical role in helping to break the silence around this crime, protecting children from this atrocity and linking children affected to support services, essential for their healing and protection," said UNICEF Director of Programmes Ted Chaiban.

The Guide also sets out the online risks to children and the impact of online child sexual exploitation, as well as the skewed motivations of offenders and intermediaries, including traffickers and pimps.

The full Guide is available from ECPAT and UNICEF in English and Spanish.

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