The terms “sexual” and “sexual abuse” were avoided at the inter-governmental level until 1999 with the Convention of the Rights of the Child and provisions related to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation. Since then, sexual rights issues have been mandates by the political processes of the Human Rights Council. Now, civil society is using political bodies to introduce matters that states don’t want to codify at any price. The political mechanism of states monitoring other states has been effective at introducing topics that are difficult to negotiate, such as the age of marriage, sexuality education in national curriculums, and prosecution of marital rape.
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