The Internet and new digital technologies have increased the risk for minors to become victims of sexual solicitation and subsequent abuse. In addition, with the pandemic, there has been a worldwide increase in cases of violence, both online and offline, with grave social repercussions. Victims of sexual violence in childhood or during adolescence, in fact, are more likely to develop emotional and behavioral disorders and even to attempt suicidal acts. This is demonstrated by the data of the Listening and Counseling Center 1.96.96 of Telefono Azzurro which recorded an average of about 6 cases per month of sexual abuse offline and 5 online (2020 data): these requests for help came primarily from Lombardy (20% offline and 26% online). The findings of the Emergency Childhood Service 114 also show an increase in cases of sexual abuse of minors, with an average of about 8 cases handled per month.
In the afternoon, the agreement reached between the Parliament and the European Council on the temporary derogation to the ePrivacy Directive will be discussed.
The event will be attended by: Elena Bonetti, Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family; Patrizio Bianchi, Minister of Education; Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna; Ernesto Caffo, President Telefono Azzurro; Pietro Sebastiani, Ambassador of Italy to the Holy See; Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior; Anna Macina, Undersecretary for Justice; Valentina Vezzali, Undersecretary for Sport; Carla Garlatti, Guarantor Authority for Childhood and Adolescence; Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State; and Adrien Taquet, Secrétaire d’État auprès du ministre des Solidarités et de la Santé, chargé de l’Enfance et des Familles.
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