Where there's a will, there's a way
INHOPE applauds announcement of £1 million support package to our member the IWF, CEOP and their partners to fight online child sexual abuse
20 JUNE 2013
SummaryIn the United Kingdom, the tragic cases of April Jones and Tia Sharp triggered a wake-up call and underscored the urgency of action needed from all levels of government, industry, law enforcement and other stakeholders to step up the fight against online child sexual abuse material. INHOPE hopes that the UK initiative will inspire government and industry worldwide to take a similar approach.
Amsterdam - The Netherlands | INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines - applauds the announcement of £1 million support package over the next four years to its member, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and their partners to stamp out access to images and videos of child sexual abuse. This announcement from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media comes days after Internet giant Google committed to £1 million grant that will help more than double the number of analysts and only moments after the British government allowed the IWF to proactively search the web for such despicable material. Our member the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has also received $1 million from Google for use in the United States.
This major breakthrough strongly interacts with the public perception that enough is enough. Had we become so desensitised to (real-life) violence that we preferred to turn a blind eye and avert our gaze? The answer is a resounding no. In the United Kingdom, the tragic cases of April Jones and Tia Sharp triggered a wake-up call and underscored the urgency of action needed from all levels of government, industry, law enforcement and other stakeholders to step up the fight against online child sexual abuse material.
The response also clearly acknowledges the unique role and unrivalled specialised expertise of hotlines in the global fight against online child sexual abuse. With analysts sifting through reports coming in daily from digital citizens, hotlines are on the front line and at the forefront of the online battle against child sexual abuse. The service that the INHOPE hotlines provide in operating a public reporting platform means that the public and the INHOPE member hotlines can effectively remove the images of children who are repeatedly victimised whenever their pictures are redistributed and viewed by people with an unhealthy interest in children.
"“The Network of INHOPE Hotlines throughout Europe and the rest of the world play a pivotal role with Law Enforcement in the identification and removal of online child abuse material. The UK and US initiatives, will, we hope, be the catalyst for discussion for government and industry nationally and globally. Much more still needs to be done to prevent the worst form of online abuse. It is critical we take action as a community wherever the safety of children is concerned.'' " Russell Chadwick, INHOPE's Executive Director
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.
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