Don't push away your responsibilityTorsten Krause, SDC
After the "Don't push your thoughts away" campaign launched in November 2022 reached 21 million people online and 18 million via TV, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the Independent Commissioner for Child Sexual Abuse Issues (UBSKM) presented its sequel in a Berlin cinema on 13 November. Under the title "Don't push away your responsibility", the focus is now on encouraging everyone to look and listen in order to be able to act in the event of sexual abuse against a child. At the event, Kerstin Claus (UBSKM) emphasised that not all affected children remain silent. They do send out signals, but unfortunately these are often not recognised or understood by adults. The campaign therefore aims to sensitise people to be attentive, to ask questions when in doubt and to take responsibility.
In addition to posters, adverts and events, the current campaign offers a wealth of information and guidance on how adults can react if they have the impression that a child is suffering sexual abuse. Well advised, they can then take action, protect children and thus fulfil their responsibility. Materials on sexual abuse of children and how to take action against it are also available in English, French, Polish, Turkish and Ukrainian.