THE INTERNET HAS CAUSED AN
EXPLOSION OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION PREDATION
AND OTHER ISSUES
Review following statistics:
Who is being abused?
"While there are studies that indicate risk factors that may increase the potential for exposure to sexual abuse, the ages and backgrounds of victims of sexual abuse know no bounds. Child sexual abuse images and videos found online involve both boys and girls from 0-18 years old. In their assessment of reports to their tipline, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection found that children under 12 years old were depicted in 78% of the images and videos assessed by their team, and 63% of those children were under 8 years of age. Among that same material, they found that 80% of the children were girls, while 19% were boys."
How is content shared?
Those who seek to or are currently participating in the exploitation of children and sex trafficking, are able to connect over the Internet through various platforms, including social media, the dark web, VPN's, and other sources.
Unfortunately, the proliferation of these types of communications between offenders has normalized their view on child sexual abuse, and therefore, have caused greater numbers of child sexual abuse material to be accessible. It is to the extent, that offenders are bragging on social media about their desires and abuses toward children.
Facebook flagged a staggering 73.3 million pieces of content under “child nudity and sexual exploitation” from Q1 to Q3 of 2022–just 4 million short of 2021’s overall total of 77.5 million.
20,000 children are victimized daily through sexual exploitation - this equals 7,300,000 annually;
116,000 daily searches for child pornography websites;
24.5 million adult porn websites;
Annual profit - Adult porn $97 billion; Hollywood $10 billion;
The porn industry makes more money than Major League Baseball, The NFL and The NBA combined;
Over 20% of adults and 80% of children are exposed to porn unintentionally.
The crime of Internet child sexual exploitation has increased
by 5,000% and higher.
63% of victimized kids Thorn encountered had been advertised online.
Child sex trafficking victims are advertised online.
As many as one in six runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (United States) likely became victims of sex trafficking.
" Research results from security technology companies suggests that children under the age of 10 now account for 1 in 10 visitors to porn video sites.
Internet pornography has become sex education for many children.
More and younger children are accessing internet pornography. The average age of first exposure is 11 (Randel and Sanchez, "Huffington Post" - 2016).
However, "children under 10 now account for 22% of online porn consumption under 18" (British Journal of School Nursing.)
Only 12% of parents know their teens are accessing pornography. TruResearch (2012) Covenent Eyes 2015 Pornography Statistics.
Almost half (46%) of teenagers say “sending sexual or naked photos or videos is part of everyday life for teenagers nowadays.”
Chiara Sabina, Janis Wolak, and David Finkelhor, “The nature and dynamics of Internet pornography exposure for youth,” CyberPsychology and Behavior 11 (2008): 691-693."
Theory of Digital Supervision is necessary
User Friendly, inexpensive, effective.