“Child abuse is a kind of ‘psychological murder’ and, in many cases, childhood annulment”, Pope Francis told members of the Meter Association engaged in child protection, which he received in audience this Saturday, May 15. “ Therefore, he continued, the protection of children against sexual exploitation is a duty of all States, called upon to identify both traffickers and perpetrators. “
End the culture of abuse and exploitation
The Pope also said the need for a stronger awareness of families and various educational places on the situation of so many “Children flouted in their innocence or held in slavery by the selfishness of adults”. He also affirmed the need to denounce and carry out prevention campaigns in all spheres of society, such as school, sport, cultural places, religious communities …
Pope Francis also spoke of the assistance to be provided to victims, which to be effective presupposes the implementation of specific interventions in the field of the protection of minors and in the fight against pedophilia. He also underlined the importance of an active collaboration “With institutional bodies and with various sectors of civil society” and encouraged members of the Meter Association to continue their work « paying special attention to the educational aspect, to form a solid conscience among the people and eradicate the culture of abuse and exploitation ”.
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