A new awareness campaign on incest will be launched on Saturday on the occasion of
International Children’s Rights Day, by the National Gendarmerie and several associations.
Three videos, intended for the general public, target both perpetrators and victims and witnesses of incestuous pedophile acts.
An anonymous number
“When I am in the presence of children, I feel the attraction (…) I do not know what to do,” confides facing the camera, looking serious, a man embodied by actor Julien Masdoua, one of the figures from the France 2 soap opera “Un si grand soleil”. If the role is hard for the actor to play, it is even harder to live, he asks. This is why he invites the people concerned to call the “anonymous” and “non-surcharged” number 0806.23.10.63, in order to ask for help and prevent a happening.
The actor, who is a sponsor of the association Face à inceste, plays in turn an aggressor, a witness and a victim, to whom he sends a specific message. “Do not go see his family, call 119”, he replies to the teacher who is worried about the presence in his class of a pupil with “funny behavior” and who “asks himself questions”. ” worry “. You have “rights” and can benefit from “both psychological and legal aid” via the 116.006, the national telephone number of France victims, he explains to another, raped by his father when he had ” eight years “.
More than 6,000 testimonies from victims
Behind these listening lines, confidential and free, are professionals who “are not gendarmes”, specifies a representative of the National Gendarmerie. The videos will be broadcast on the social networks of the gendarmerie and the association Face à inceste, but also on the national telephone reception service for children in danger (119), France victims and the federation of centers of resources for workers working with perpetrators of sexual violence.
In an Ipsos poll conducted in 2020, one in ten French people questioned said they had been a victim of incest. The Independent Commission on Incest and Sexual Violence Against Children (Ciivise) announced Wednesday, during a progress report, to have received 6,200 testimonies from victims.