"A major problem is certainly also that you have exploitation, sex exploitation, and trafficking through the internet. Many people are shocked about it and very few people have any idea of what can be done so that we can avoid this kind of abuse. And that’s why we at the Pontifical Gregorian University and our Centre for Child Protection, have thought of inviting experts from different sectors (…) so that we can discuss and possibly work out what can be the means and measures so that young people are protected online as well as in families, in schools, in public, in whatever sports organization, and whatever church activities.
Whatever young people are involved in, we need to work together so they are safe, also online“, explained Father Zollner the idea of the world congress in an interview with "Rome Reports“.
The International congress on online sexual child abuse will take place from 3-6 October, 2017 in Rome. The congress is hosted by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University and partnered by the WePROTECT Global Alliance. The discussion centers around the latest scientific and academic research on the pressing global problem of child abuse in the digital world.
More than 140 internationally recognized representatives from academia, business, politics, civil society and religion will participate. The event closes with the “Declaration on Child Dignity in the Digital World” that will be presented during an audience with Pope Francis.