“I was a teenager, he abused me“: On social media, young people denounce the sexual abuse committed by entertainers looking after minors on vacation, a nascent influencer-driven movement.
Every summer, Ana (not her real name) visited an entertainment center in her town in Normandy. The 24-year-old new host was very friendly to her when she was 13.
Corn “while walking in the pool, where I was the only girl, he insulted me in the locker room“, describes Ana to AFP. The 17-year-old girl speaks about this rape for the first time, encouraged by similar testimonies published on social networks, in particular on TikTok, much used by young people.
This movement was initiated in early March by 21-year-old Anissa, an influential figure and organizer of summer camps, who received “hundreds of reviews“after making a video on the subject on TikTok, viewed more than 1.5 million times. The feminist activist wants to show the ‘problem’ in the animation sector so that she “there is an evolution“.”I heard hosts sexualizing 13 year old girls, flirting, asking for their number.” Anissa explains.
Like other guards, she believes that the topic of sexual abuse is not sufficiently addressed in preparation for the certification of the facilitator (Bafa), which allows from time to time supervision of minors in recreation centers or summer camps.
Bafa “too short”
“We are not taught to notice the signs of violence“, notes Sonya (not her name), 24, who works in animation and has already noticed inappropriate behavior in some colleagues.”Bafa is very interesting, but too short“.
To receive this diploma, available from the age of 17, you must complete an eight-day general theoretical training offered by various organizations, complete a 14-day practical internship and participate in a six-day deepening session. “We carry out concrete work on affective-power relations“In relation to minors, so that the future facilitator can position himself well,” explains Laurent Bernardi, national director of training organizations Ceméa, Bafa.
The subject of sexual violence is “systematically reviewed“, according to him. However, it may be”pretty fast“To say that any sexual relationship between a minor and an adult who has power over him is prohibited by law,” he adds. Some have criticized the similar age of juveniles and guards, which may encourage flirting.
For Anne-Sophie Cheron, a clinical psychologist, this is a must first and foremost.”clearly explain to young instructors that they may be the object of interest“and what are they”must not cross the line“.
“A child or teenager is looking for tenderness, he may, in spite of himself, be drawn into something that goes beyond if the animator does not understand the boundaries very clearly.” she explains.
Estelle (suggested name) was “manipulated“at the age of 14, a 27-year-old host at the Ardèche campsite, where she spent her holidays.”He said kind words to me, gave me kindness, I believed in it, I didn’t understand that it was serious‘, says a young woman who was touched.
The 23-year-old is now testifying, hoping that “young people can see such a message“and dare”talk” on this topic.
Anonymous testimony posted on #MeTooAnimation accounts also denounces child sexual abuse. “Attacks happen everywhere, but at summer camps, some children are vulnerable because they are far away from their parents.“, describes Violaine Guerin, founder of the Stop Sexual Violence Association.
In January, the Independent Commission on Incest and Sexual Abuse of Children (Civise) indicated that 10% of the first 3,800 statements it received involved victims of sexual abuse in institutions (schools, sports, etc.). Of this sample, 20% of the reviews were about the summer camp.
La Ciivise, which calls on victims of institutional sexual abuse to testify (0.805.802.804), will publish recommendations on Thursday to strengthen “culture of protection“.