2021 10 27
2021 10 27
WeProtect Global Alliance have recently published their third Global Threat Assessment. The three themes assessed 2021 are: COVID-19, Technology and Regulation, voluntary co-operation and transparency.
In the report they have gather responses on experiences of online sexual harms from thousands of young adults globally and share their findings ending up in three insights:
“The scale of child sexual exploitation and abuse online is increasing.
This sustained growth is outstripping our global capacity to respond. Child sexual abuse remains a chronically underfunded issue. That is why we have worked so hard to build this Global Alliance. We all agree – all 98 governments, 53 companies, 61 civil society organisations and nine international institutions – that child sexual abuse online is
unacceptable. We all agree we need to collaborate to end it. However, we now know that will require a step change in our global response.
Prevention needs to be prioritised in our response.
Too often we are waiting for the abuse to take place before we act. A strong law enforcement and judicial response is essential, but for a truly sustainable strategy, we should be actively preventing abuse. This is about more than promoting children’s online safety. It is more than Safety by Design, and other initiatives that make it harder for offenders to exploit online services. It is more than deterrence of potential
offenders. Prevention is all of this, and more. We need to ensure we are creating safe online environments where children can thrive. Promising work is already underway, but it needs more support.
There is hope.
Over the past decade, child sexual exploitation and abuse online has moved up the global agenda. More countries, companies and civil society organisations are involved in tackling this crime. Online safety technology is more accessible and advanced. Governments are clarifying and enforcing the responsibilities of online service providers in preventing and addressing child sexual abuse on their platforms. The pace of change may be slower than we would like, but it is happening. Our role as an Alliance is to nurture these green shoots and help them to grow.”
They are also making recommentations for governments on the topics: Funding, Policy & Legislation, Criminal justice, Victim support services & Empowerment, Technology, Societal and Research & Insights including following recommentation:
“Governments must consider legislative options for strengthening the response to child sexual exploitation and abuse online. Laws should establish standards for industry reporting, the rapid removal of child sexual abuse material, and a basis for the lawful and transparent use of tools to detect child sexual abuse material. International alignment should be sought to enhance global collaboration to combat the threat”.