Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Monday, 9 January 2017

Safe House for Child Sex Abuse Victims to Open on Cyprus

Sexual abuse of children on the rise

ELIAS HAZOU CYPRUS

Stella Kyriakidou has urged parents not to post pictures of their children on social media

Reported incidents of sexual abuse of minors are on the rise, MPs heard on Monday.

In 2015, 220 cases were filed involving abuse of children, of which 80 cases concerned sexual abuse. Similar figures were recorded in 2016.

In relation to the situation online, 18 children were asked to exchange explicit images in 2014, 20 children in 2015, and 26 children last year.

The House human rights committee was reviewing progress in the implementation of the National Strategy and Action Plan to Combat Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children and Child Pornography – the basic text policy which directs the actions and initiatives of authorities.

MPs heard that the Child Safe House – an objective set long ago by advocates – would be established and begin operating within 2017.

The safe house will be operated by the Hope for Children NGO. Premises have been allocated in Nicosia following a donation from a private association.

The Child Safe House is to accommodate all the necessary services to the child and its family, all provided by trained professionals.

The purpose and function of the Child Safe House is to hasten the procedures, shortening the period between the time of the termination of the abuse and the effective treatment of the cases.

Deputies said that the creation of the safe house, and the protection it would afford to victims, would lead to more incidents being reported than is currently the case.

Disy MP and chair of the House human rights committee Stella Kyriakidou said greater emphasis should be placed on prevention rather than on just criminal prosecution after the fact.

Prevention involves educating and raising awareness among minors and parents, she added.

She's absolutely right, this problem has to be tackled from both ends at the same time. But this is a good start!

Kyriakidou also appealed to parents to stop uploading pictures of their children on social media.