Incest: what if we finally revoke parental authority from convicted parents?

The CIIVISE (Independent Commission on Incest and Sexual Violence against Children), has just published its first conclusions, after a year of work. Among them, two excellent recommendations are aimed at: suspend or revoke the parental authority of an incestuous parent.

The CIIVISE was created on January 23, 2021 by the French government to protect the youngest from this scourge in the shadows. The committee is headed by Édouard Durand, juvenile judge and Nathalie Mathieu, general manager of the Dokters Bru association. His mission? Formulate recommendations (based on 4 axes: identification, legal treatment, recovery and prevention) to better prevent sexual violence, protect child victims of incest and fight against impunity for male and female aggressors.

The CIIVISE has two years to work on this topic and make recommendations “demanding, ambitious and realisticst”. It has just published its “Interim Conclusions” mid-term and calls again for two recommendations made during its first opinion of October 27, 2022:

  • Schedule the automatic suspension of parental authority and visiting and housing rights of the parent being prosecuted for rape or incestuous assault on his child.
  • Provided in the law for systematic withdrawal of parental authority when a parent is convicted of incestuous sexual violence against his child.

“Our recommendations are realistic and achievable, they can be implemented quickly and improve protection: seek out children in danger, fight the impunity of aggressors and treat victims.”

Édouard Durand, committee report

A few days after its creation, the CIIVISE had already received more than 11,000 testimonials. To date, she has auditioned with many experts and made trips to various specialized departments.

Are you a victim of sexual violence or were you a child? Has someone you know been raped or abused by a loved one? Contact the committee on 0 805 802 804 (anonymous and toll-free calls) Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you live abroad, call 0 800 100 811.

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