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The Breaking the Silence Together aims to contribute to reduce school absenteeism and increase academic success rates for all children in European primary schools addressing one of the possible causes child sexual abuse.

about breaking the silence together

The child sexual abuse is a significant problem in Europe, estimating that between 10 and 20% of children are sexually assault during their childhood. This is a cross-country issue that affects all social and economic classes throughout Europe and it is a serious and urgent problem that as a society we have to take over because of its short and long term harmful consequences on children.

Maltreated children have lower educational attainment, lower attendance at school and are less likely to finish high school or attend university. The degree to which educational attainment will be impaired will be influenced by the child’s environment such as the family, the community or society as a whole.


  • It is estimated that in 70% to 85% of cases, the abuser is somebody the child knows and trusts.
  • Around 90% of cases will not be revealed during childhood and nor will the victim be in contact with adults who know how to detect the situation.
  • About 60% of victims will not receive any type of aid; even in adulthood.
  • Child sexual violence can take many forms: sexual abuse within the family circle, child pornography and prostitution, corruption, solicitation via Internet and sexual assault by peers.


The awareness raising kits will raise consciousness on child sexual abuse. It will help children, families, educators and policy makers to understand the issue and know about the high prevalence.


The program aims to strengthen schools’ capacities to prevent and protect children from child sexual abuse.


The teacher’s manual is a practical tool that seeks to empower teachers to engage in the prevention and protection of child sexual abuse within their classrooms.


This training course will promote civic, intercultural and social competences, mutual understanding and respect, as well as the fundamental rights through a pedagogical training toolkit addressed to children and families.



28Mar 17

Learning from experience

Academic success for all by preventing child sexual abuse The present report intends to identify common key elements of previous successful experiences of prevention programmes addressing the issue of child…

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