"Strong together - strong together" - this was the motto of the world's largest congress by and for those affected by sexual child abuse in all contexts held in Berlin on 14 and 15 September 2018. The event was hosted by the Council Victims and Survivors.
In workshops and panels, more than 250 participants exchanged knowledge and experience, critically examined political decisions and processes and drew up concrete demands for politicians. Current issues, such as how to deal with abuse in the Catholic Church, were discussed, as were sexual abuse in GDR orphanages and in sports. The reform of the victim compensation law, possibilities for prevention, the strengthening of specialist counselling, the creation of shelters for victims of ritual violence and better procedures in criminal law as well as research questions were further focal points. An art exhibit with works from victims and survivors accompanied the event.
The two-day event opened with a welcoming address by Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, Independent Commissioner for Child Sex Abuse Issues. Federal Family Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey also attended the congress. In her welcoming address, she thanked the Council for the victims for its work and promised to continue to fight against abuse.
A further goal of the congress was the worldwide networking and exchange of initiatives for those affected by abuse. Guests from twelve countries took part.
At the congress, the magazine BETRIFFT: ALLE. of the Council of Concerned Persons was presented for the first time. It showcases the council members’ personal commitment, their joint work and their concerns and demands on politics and society.