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Johan van den HOUT: “In the Netherlands, we are working to break taboos on sexual violence against children”

“The new Meldcode or Reporting Code, in the Netherlands, aims to help professionals to ensure a swift intervention in suspected cases of domestic violence and child abuse by providing clear steps to be taken” stated Johan van de HOUT, the Congress’s new Thematic Spokesperson on Children at the extraordinary meeting of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians on One in Five campaign to stop sexual violence against children, on 13 November 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. “All sectors working with or welcoming children must set up a reporting system,” he added, highlighting the success of such action during trial period in Rotterdam. He also reported on the progress in raising local and regional awareness of the Congress Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children in the Council of Europe member states.

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