The resignation of Sébastien Boueilh from his position as president of the Independent Commission on Incest and Sexual Violence Against Children is a “mess” for Arnaud Gallais, co-founder of MouvEnfants.
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“Such a waste !” reacts Friday February 9 on franceinfo Arnaud Gallais, child rights activist, co-founder of MouvEnfants and former member of the Independent Commission on Incest and Sexual Violence Against Children, Ciivise, after the resignation of Sébastien Boueilh from his duties as chairman of the commission.
For the child rights activist, the position of Sébastien Boueilh, who supported his vice-president, Caroline Rey-Salmon, accused of sexual assault, “it’s shocking“Himself a victim of incest, Arnaud Gallais believes that the Ciivise was”a space of unconditional social support, that is to say that we took into account the words of the victims“, while taking into account the question of “presumption of innocence“, but also taking a “precautionary principle“Sébastien Boueilh claims to be “the target of slander“.
“A total incomprehension of the ouster of Judge Durand”
Arnaud Gallais regrets the replacement of Edouard Durand, children’s judge, removed from the Ciivise last December in favor of rugby player Sébastien Boueilh. “Such a waste !“exclaims Arnaud Gallais, who recalls that Edouard Durand had won”the trust of many victims, with 30,000 testimonies in 3 years“. He notably “a thought for the victims, still in total incomprehension of the ouster of Judge Durand“.
But these turmoil at the head of the Ciivise are “in reality, the symptom“of the problem of taking into account incest in France. It is, according to Arnaud Gallais, “very often this is how things happen when we dare to denounce and dare to say that we have been victims of sexual violence“. Now, the Civil Society says, “that in this country, only 3 % of child molesters are convicted, we are talking about 160,000 child victims each year. And when we say that it is dysfunctional at all levels, we have a risk of being sidelined“.
However, he sends a message of hope to the new Minister Delegate in charge of Children, Youth and Families, Sarah El Haïry, “Today we must promote a culture of child protection and rise to the challenges. Let’s go out from the top [de cette crise à la Ciivise]. Let’s live up to the 30,000 people who trusted us and I think it’s never too late“, he says.