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Commission adopts strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a growing threat, both online and offline. To counter this phenomenon, the European Commission (EC) adopted an EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse on Friday, 24 August 2020.

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INHOPE #reportit – Speak for those who cannot

Often when we see images online, we forget about the person behind the image. And that is fine when it is your friends' Instagram story of them on holiday, yet again. But when it is someone being sexually exploited or abused, forgetting about the person behind the image is dangerous. 2.2 billion people globally are under the age of 18, making them society's biggest group, and the most vulnerable to online harm.

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Financial sextortion study in young boys and adolescents

  • Research
  • 24/01/2020
  • Dutch Safer Internet Centre

The Dutch helpline for child sexual abuse, Helpwanted.nl, is conducting a study on financial sextortion. This study is financed by the Stiching Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving (SASS) (in English, Achmea Foundation: Victim and Society) and is carried out in cooperation with Slachtofferhulp Nederland (in English, Victim Support the Netherlands).

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New study on children sexually abused by female offenders

  • Hotlines
  • 15/01/2020
  • ECPAT Sweden, the Swedish hotline

There is a discrepancy between the prevalence of female offenders in child sexual abuse material, and the notably low number of cases against female offenders in the Swedish courts. There is a risk that society turns a blind eye towards an entire group of sexually abused children.

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INHOPE Annual Summit 2019

  • Hotlines
  • 27/06/2019
  • INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines)

The second annual INHOPE Summit, Emma's Journey, took place in Facebook's Menlo Park HQ in California in June 2019. It brought together representatives from the technology sector, the US Department of Justice, child advocates from both sides of the Atlantic, and law enforcement, to highlight the critical work that the INHOPE network of hotlines does every day.

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Te Protejo – 6th "Connected to Protect Them" Conference

  • Hotlines
  • 19/11/2018
  • Te Protejo, the Colombian hotline

On Wednesday, 26 September 2018, Te Protejo, the hotline in Colombia, hosted the sixth edition of "Conectados para Protegerlos" (Connected to protect them). 

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End Child Sex Abuse Day

Sunday, 18 November 2018 is the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. Organised by the Council of Europe (CoE), it aims to raise public awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts.

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Boys and very young children at greater risk of most severe online sexual exploitation

  • Awareness
  • 17/03/2018
  • INTERPOL and ECPAT International

Ground-breaking research recently released by INTERPOL and ECPAT International into the online sexual exploitation of children suggests that when online images or videos of child sexual abuse depict boys or very young children, the abuse is more likely to be severe.

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Commission reports on Member States' measures to combat child sexual abuse online

On 16 December 2016, the European Commission adopted two reports on the measures taken by Member States to combat the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

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Hotlines: Every report counts

In the fight against online child sexual abuse, "jokainen vihje on tärkeä", every report counts, as they say in Finnish. Nettivihje has been in operation since 2002 and offers the public a way to report potential illegal online content, especially concerning child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Reports can be made anonymously.

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