White Balloon Day

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White Balloon Day is a symbol of support for survivors of child sexual abuse. It first began after a public meeting in Belgium in October 1996, when 300,000 people gathered with white balloons to show public sympathy and support for the parents of girls who were sexually assaulted of a previously convicted and then released paedophile.[citation needed] White Balloon Day is also held annually during National Child Protection Week in Australia.[citation needed] Its aim is to raise awareness of child sexual assault within the community.

The 2017 date is September 8.[1]

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