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Book to help prevent sexual violence against children launched

The Maltese version of the children's story book Kiko and the Hand (Kiko u l-Id), accompanied by a guide for parents on how to help prevent sexual violence against children, was launched this morning by the Commissioner for Children Helen d'Amato.

The book is aimed at children aged between three and six. It is a Council of Europe production, part of the campaing One in Five. It is available in eight language, including Maltese.

The One in Five campaign is aimed at preventing sexual abuse on children. The council calculates that one in every five children is a victim of sexual violence and abuse.

A simple rule to help prevent such violence is to teach children that certain parts of the body were not to be touched.

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