Miscellaneous – Justice | Summer camps: on the internet, young people report sexual violence

I was a teenager, he abused me“: on social media, young people denounce sexual violence committed by entertainers who watch minors on holiday, a nascent movement, on the initiative of an influencer.

Every summer, Ana (name of the subject) went to the leisure center of her village, in Normandy. A new 24 year old host was very kind to her when she was 13 years old.

corn “during an outing to the pool, where I was the only girl, he abused me in the locker room“The 17-year-old is speaking for the first time about this rape, encouraged by similar testimonials posted on social media, in particular TikTok, which is widely used by young people.

This move was started in early March by 21-year-old Anissa, an influencer and host of the camps, who received “hundreds of witnesses“After making a video on the subject on TikTok, seen more than 1.5 million times. The feminist activist wants to show the” problem “of the animation industry because”there is an evolution“.”I heard the hosts sexualize 13-year-old girls, flirting, asking for their number“, explains Anissa.

Like other supervisors, she believes that the issue of sexual violence is not sufficiently addressed during the training of the certificate of facilitator (Bafa) which allows the timely guardianship of minors in leisure centers or summer camps.

Too short

We are not taught to detect signs of violence“Sonia (assumed name), 24, works in animation and has already noticed inappropriate behavior in some classmates.”The Bafa is very interesting, but too short“.

To obtain this diploma, accessible from the age of 17, it is necessary to follow a general theoretical training of eight days offered by various entities, carry out a practical internship of 14 days and participate in an in-depth session of six days. “We do specific work on the affective and authority relationship“towards children so that the future facilitator can be well positioned,” explains Laurent Bernardi, national director of Ceméa, Bafa training organizations.

The issue of sexual violence is “systematically addressed“According to him, it can be”pretty fast“To say that any sexual intercourse between a minor and an adult who has authority over him is prohibited by law,” he added. Some criticize the close ages of minors and supervisors, a setting that can encourage flirting.

For Anne-Sophie Chéron, a clinical psychologist, it is especially necessary. “clearly explain to young instructors that they may be of interest“and that they”it should not cross boundaries“.
The child or adolescent seeks tenderness, he may find himself embarked in spite of himself on something that goes further if the animator is not very clear about the boundaries.she explains.

Freedom of expression

Estelle (supposed name) was “manipulated“At the age of 14 by a 27-year-old dynamizer at the Ardèche campsite where she spent her holidays”.He said sweet words to me, he gave me affection, I believed in him, I didn’t realize he was serious“, says the young woman who was touched.

The 23-year-old now says he hopes “young people can see these kinds of messages“and dare”to talk“on the subject.

Anonymous witnesses, posted on #MeTooAnimation accounts, also report child sexual abuse. “Attacks occur everywhere but in summer camps, some children are in a fragile situation because they are far from their parents.“describes Violaine Guérin, founder of the Stop Sexual Violence Association.

In January, the Independent Commission on Incest and Sexual Violence against Children (Civise) stated that 10% of the first 3,800 witnesses it had received referred to victims of sexual violence in institutions (schools, sports, etc.). . Of this sample, 20% of the witnesses refer to a summer house.

The Ciivise, which calls for the declaration of victims of sexual violence in institutions (0,805,802,804), will publish recommendations on Thursday to strengthen the “culture of protection“.

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