Technology-Facilitated Child Sexual Exploitation: Prevention, Disruption And Survivor Support

Guardians of Innocence: Battling Technology-Facilitated Child Sexual Exploitation

In an age where technology permeates every facet of our lives, it is no surprise that child sexual exploitation has adapted to this digital landscape. Technology-facilitated Child Sexual Exploitation is a sinister issue that targets some of society's most vulnerable members - our children. This problem demands our immediate attention, understanding, and action

This presentation will explore how technology is changing patterns of child sexual victimization and the implications for policy and practice. Child sexual abuse cases increasingly involve a technological component, as “offline” as well as “online” offenders take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies for abuse, control, and surveillance. Offenders are now more likely to be in contact with other offenders via “dark web” communities and the exchange of child sexual abuse material. Victims and survivors face the ongoing distribution of images and videos of their abuse as well as offender networks that are sharing victimization strategies and information. The technology sector has proven to be disinterested in implementing effective child protection and victim support strategies.

Technology has undeniably brought countless benefits to society, but it has also become a breeding ground for those who seek to exploit the innocent. Child Sexual Exploitation facilitated by technology can take various forms, from online grooming and explicit content sharing to sextortion and more. It often thrives in the hidden corners of the internet, making it challenging to detect and combat. This is where we, as a society, need to step up.

By enrolling in this course, you're not just acquiring knowledge; you're also joining a movement to protect our children. Together, we can empower change, break the cycle, and secure a safer digital future for the youngest members of our society. Join us in making a difference today.

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