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Road to Change

Data tal-Pubblikazzjoni: Ott 20, 2014
Today, Mr Matthew McVarish, who is leading the Road to Change campaign, met with the Commissioner for Children, Mrs Helen D’Amato, and other key stakeholders. Mr McVarish will be visiting 28 countries in order to create awareness about child sexual abuse, build solidarity between organizations and communities, support survivors, and influence social and political change.
The Office of the Commissioner discussed a number of legislative proposals relating to the protection of children from sexual abuse, most notably with regards to the prescriptive period of such offences within the criminal code of Malta. Actions relating to sexual offences of children should not be time-barred. At present discrepancies exist between different types of offences of sexual abuse, thus giving rise to much confusion within our legal system. Other concerns discussed included the removal of the complaint of the injured party for proceedings to be instituted in all cases of sexual abuse of minors.
The Office of the Commissioner for Children is taking this opportunity to continue to promote the Council of Europe One in Five Campaign, which aims to prevent sexual violence against children. In 2012, the Office of the Commissioner for Children translated the Council of Europe publication Kiko and the Hand into Maltese. Kiko and the Hand is a story book for children aged between 4 and 6, which is also accompanied by a guide for parents in order for parents and/or educators to teach children the ‘Underwear Rule’. The Underwear Rule is a simple guide to help parents and educators explain to children where others should not try to touch them, how to react and where to seek help. The Underwear Rule is simple: a child should not be touched by others on parts of the body usually covered by their underwear. It also helps to explain to children that their body belongs to them, that there are good and bad secrets and that there are good and bad touches.
The Office of the Commissioner for Children has taken the initiative to reprint Kiku u L-Id which will be distributed to all children in kindergarten 2 and year 1 in Government, Church and Independent Schools.