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Queen Mathilde marks 25th anniversary of White March against child sexual abuse and exploitation

Posted On: 7 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: Royal Central

It does not matter what status you hold; being a mother is sure to teach you a love that you never thought possible.
Queen Mathilde of the Belgians knows this, as she gave birth to four children herself. And on Wednesday, 20 October, she represented all mothers at De Bode - To the Missing Children monument in the Warande Park, Brussels.
There, she stood silently and laid a single white rose-a poignant tribute to all children that went missing and fell victims to sexual exploitation or abuse.
The event was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the White March, a protest with no signs and no chants that was held on the day a Belgian sex offender and murderer was arrested.
The colour white represents the innocence of children, but also the absence of slogans because, in the words of the protest's organisers, “There are no words to describe the horror that is child sexual abuse”.
On that day in 1996, some 300,000 people marched in silence through the streets of Brussels to demand an independent investigation of...

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