UPDATED 6:15 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron vows to crack down on child abuse throughout the country.
In a press conference Saturday, Macron said the country needs to better adapt its laws to protect children from sexual violence.
His sentiments follow the publication of a book, which accused a top french politician of abusing his step-son, and a national social media campaign against the issue.
Macron added that France had already tightened its restrictions against incest, improved the vetting process of those working with children and would now be offering improved counseling services for victims.
“I would just like to tell you: We are there, we listen to you, we believe you and you will never be alone again,” Macron stated.
According to a recent study by the World Health Organization, 20 percent of women and one in thirteen men said they were sexually abused before the age of 18.