INHOPE Annual Report 2012: 'Making a real difference'

22 MAY 2013, WORLDWIDE
Summary
Today, INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines released its Annual Report for the year 2012, thoroughly documenting its efforts in the global fight against online child sexual abuse. Entitled 'Making a real difference', the report comprises a significant set of statistical results extracted from INHOPE's unique database, the INHOPE Report Management System (IHRMS).

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Today, INHOPE – The International Association of Internet Hotlines released its Annual Report for the year 2012, thoroughly documenting its efforts and the efforts of its members in the global fight against online child sexual abuse. Entitled 'Making a real difference', the report comprises a significant set of statistical results extracted from INHOPE's unique database, the INHOPE Report Management System (IHRMS).

The Annual Report also features case studies and success stories from around the world and across the network which have led to the arrest of offenders and the identification of victims. In addition, it highlights the strong partnerships in place with law enforcement and key industry players to speed up the removal of child sexual abuse material from the Internet while providing financial transparency and disclosing what was accomplished with the funds received.

The report includes a foreword by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda. Referring to the EU Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids, Neelie Kroes said: ''The INHOPE network and its member hotlines are instrumental in helping deliver on that fourth pillar [ed. combat child sexual abuse material online and child sexual exploitation]. Set up by the Safer Internet Programme, they are reporting points where digital citizens can report illegal content. INHOPE pool and analyse the unique data they collect to provide actionable intelligence and ensure that child sexual abuse material is taken down quickly and effectively.''

In 2012:

The INHOPE network was constituted of 43 hotlines and present in 37 countries.

150 analysts processed 1,059,758 reports of illegal content.

37,404 reports were assessed to contain unique URLs of child sexual abuse material.

96% was reported to law enforcement within a day.

88% was removed from the Internet within a week.

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"''Within our network, we are passionate about making the Internet a better and a safer place. We are united in combatting the worst form of abuse online, a violation of human rights on the most vulnerable of our citizens, our children. What is commonly referred to as child pornography is nothing other than the sexual abuse of real children. And children are victimised again and again every time their images are viewed online. It goes without saying that such horrendous, borderless crime needs cross-border cooperation to fight it.''" Agnese Krike, INHOPE's new President
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About INHOPE

INHOPE is an active, collaborative and influential network of 51 hotlines in 45 countries worldwide, committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet.

INHOPE was founded in 1999 under the European Commission Safer Internet Programme.

INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material including child sexual abuse material they suspect to be illegal.

INHOPE members operate a public hotline to receive complaints about apparent illegal content, they then assess the content in accordance with their national laws and if they consider it to be illegal they trace the material to a hosting country. If the content is illegal in the hosting country then the national Hotline takes steps to have the material ‘taken down’ in consultation with their law enforcement partners.


In the first half of 2014:

170 analysts across the INHOPE network processed 587,674 reports of illegal content.

39,144 reports were assessed to contain unique URLs of child sexual abuse material, a 32% increase compared with the last six months of 2013.

81% child victims were female. 6% child victims were infants.

In Europe, 98% was reported to law enforcement within a day. 91% was removed from the Internet within three days.

Want to know more about the work of INHOPE? 

Visit our website www.inhope.org and download our 2013/14 Annual Report

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