New legal text on “grooming” set to complement standards on tackling child sexual abuse

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Activists demonstrating against sexual abuse depose dolls and teddy bears around actor Klaus Kinski's star on the Boulevard of the Stars at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany, 09 February 2013.

New legal text on “grooming” set to complement standards on tackling child sexual abuse


Child sexual abuse has always existed: but the 21st century environment has radically changed the opportunities available to paedophiles and other perpetrators to target and harm children.
The Council of Europe had already criminalised grooming – and was the first to do so – in its pioneering “Lanzarote Convention”, adopted in 2007, which deals with children being harmed in face-to-face meetings with adults first encountered online. But perpetrators, like chameleons, appear to adapt ef...


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