The project addresses the call priority DAP (European Commission) – child victims of violence by focusing on the protection and support of male children and adolescents victims and potential victims of sexualized violence in close relationships, institutions, public space, and other environments, from a child-centred and gender sensitive approach.
The project aims to raise awareness about male children and adolescents as potential victims and victims of sexualized violence and improve the support victims receive from FPC (professionals in schools, youth welfare services, sport centres, etc.)
On the basis of country reports on best practices already implemented in all partner countries and a needs assessment of FPC the partnership will design and implement a child-centred and gender sensitive capacity-building program based on the existing knowledge and needs of FPC so that they can perceive male children and adolescents as potential victims and victims of sexualized violence and are better equipped to support them. The FPC participating in the capacity-building program will thus become part of and help create a culture of care in the institutions they work in and in society in general strengthening male (potential) victims of sexualized violence by increasing awareness on their vulnerability and the challenges they face. Moreover FPC will be trained to signpost victims toward specialized support services.
The capacity building will be accompanied by an awareness raising campaign in the institutions where FPC are working and will address staff as well as male children and adolescents. The campaign will highlight the difficulties male victims of sexualized violence face because of gender stereotypes and expectations. The campaign will question gender stereotypes and norms and focus on making information on sexualized violence against male children and adolescents as potential victims and victims available to male children and adolescents as well as FPC.
These awareness raising activities will not be limited to the institutions of the trained FPC, materials will be distributed to many other relevant institutions, focusing on local and national authorities, public schools, youth centres, youth welfare services, residential care facilities and victims support services. In total, 150 posters and 1000 awareness raising flyers will be distributed in each country and an awareness raising homepage will address male children and adolescents in all national languages and English.
The awareness raising campaign also includes 10 national awareness raising conferences where national experts working in the field and relevant policy makers will be involved.