Two advocacy groups are calling for stronger measures to curb Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children, They plead for an integrated effort among various stakeholders – from the government, private sector, civil society, to the communities and families. The online streaming event was hosted by Globe in partnership with UNICEF, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), CitizenWatch, and Bantay Konsyumer, Kalsada, and Kuryente (BK3). These organisations stated that to be truly digital means that online safety must be guaranteed. There are several existing laws but there is a gap in the implementation of these laws that allows for activities to thrive with impunity and victimise our children. They further pointed out that there are also laws that conflict with the implementation of the above legislation, and which make it difficult for the authorities to go after online predators.
Germany’s Cabinet has approved draft legislation that will allow for tougher punishment of sexual abuse of children and the possession of child pornography. The government initiated the bill in the wake of prominent recent child abuse cases in Germany that feature large numbers of suspects.
Distributing child pornography will draw a sentence of 1 to 10 years, up from the current range of 3 months to 5 years. Possession and procurement of the material will be punished with 1 to 5 years in prison, up from the current maximum of 3 years. Perpetrators fear nothing more than being discovered, so Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht, pleaded for a massive increase in the pressure in tracking them.
The legislation requires parliamentary approval.
Russian father who killed ‘paedophile’ friend should not face murder charge, say locals
A father detained for ‘killing a paedophile’ who ‘raped’ his daughter aged just eight years old should not face a murder charge, insist Russians in a groundswell of support. Alleged child sex attacker Oleg Sviridov, 32, kept mobile phone videos of his abuse of several children in Vintai village in the Russia‘s Samara region, according to law enforcement officials. Rocket engine factory worker Vyacheslav M, 34, was drinking with his friend Sviridov, when he saw footage on the man’s phone showing him raping Vyacheslav’s daughter, now nine. The father immediately confronted Sviridov, who ran away before Vyacheslav could act. The paedophile was a close friend of Vyacheslav’s family and had baby-sat his daughter whom he sexually abused on multiple occasions. More
South Africa – Don’t post pictures of your kids online
Murray Hunter, digital rights activist and author of Boris the BabyBot, a children’s book about data privacy and surveillance says it’s important to set boundaries. In the book, Hunter shows that surveillance is an invisible risk. Too often it’s difficult for us to understand our privacy and the value of our data until it is too late. Apart from real world dangers like paedophillia and kidnapping, there are also other dangers like data collection. Allowing access to the images of children feeds into nefarious online strategies like consumer manipulation, electoral manipulation, racial profiling and political repression. So the best thing is to remember to be cautious, understand your reasons for posting, get consent from your children and be as safe as possible. More
India – The largest number of child sexual abuse cases
Many children are lured in tempting offers and thrills without knowing the repercussions. According to Interpol, an estimated 2.4 million instances of online child sexual abuse were reported from India between 2017 to 2020. 80% of these children were girls under the age of 14. When it comes to child sexual abuse material, they are getting much more proactive in India. There are many entities that upload these videos that have started moving their hosting to other countries; these syndicates are using children as a tool to their business of paedophilia, porn and pornography. Sexual abuse harms children in a multiple ways including; difficulties with trust, social withdrawal, trouble in school, experience insecurities, low self-esteem, and lack of development. More
Israel – Millions Sleep Well at Night Due to Such Technologies
Politicians, rights activists and journalists were among those targeted with phone spyware sold to various governments by the Israeli firm, according to an international media consortium. Amid the raging controversy over its surveillance software Pegasus, Israeli cybersecurity company NSO Group has defended itself by saying that millions of people around the world sleep well at night and walk in the streets safely due to such technologies available with intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Thanks to Pegasus and similar technologies which help intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies around the world to prevent and investigate crime, terrorism, and paedophilia rings that are hiding under the umbrella of end-to-End encryption apps,” a spokesperson for NSO said. More
Indonesia – Soap opera normalizing pedophilia
Indonesians are calling for severe sanctions on a TV network after it aired extremely disturbing content in a soap opera pertaining to the sexualisation of a child. The show depicts a man in his late thirties using the powers of manipulation to marry a high school student as his third wife, who is portrayed by a 15-year-old actress. Government officials have said child marriage in Indonesia is at alarming levels in recent years, leading to President Joko Widodo raising the minimum age for marriage for women from 16 to 19. Yet child marriage continues to be practiced due to religious and/or cultural loopholes. More
Germany – Proposed treatment model for Pedophilia
Prevention Project Dunkelfeld was founded by a German sexologist, who and directs, Arguably the world’s most radical social experiment in treating pedophilia. The treatment proposes: not reporting those who have offended and promoting prevention, rather than punishment. The team encourages people who are sexually attracted to children and adolescents to come forward to receive therapy and medication instead of acting on their urges or going untreated by health professionals. Thousands have reached out for help. Unlike most countries, Germany’s law does not mandate professionals to report child abuse that has or might occur. Interest in the program’s model is growing worldwide. More
Ireland – School curriculum content contain images of paedophilia
A senior Fianna Fáil TD had questioned the suitability of some books and films on the curriculum for English in both Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, claiming they contain descriptions and images of paedophilia, bestiality and torture. Former minister Willie O’Dea said the issue was a “cause of concern” which needed to be examined carefully. He pointed out that several texts on the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) list had previously been banned from the curriculum in the UK and the United States. The Minister said, in the coming months, the list for both the Junior and Leaving Certificate curriculum would be reviewed. More
Arizona – Pedophile Red Flags to Look Out For
Psychotherapist Dr. Karen Ruskin outlines some common red flags to point out potential pedophiles. 1. Pedophile spends more time with children than adults. 2. Pedophile expresses interest in the same things your child likes. 3. Pedophile frequently offers to give your child a ride, to take your child shopping to “help you out,” and looks for any other way to be alone with your child.4. Pedophile is overly affectionate with children who are not his/her own. Be involved in your child’s life — typically molesters target children who do not get a lot of attention from parents. Do not dismiss your child’s claims or observations about other people or things that happened to them. More
USA – Twitter sued for refusing to remove child porn images
Recently, Pornhub was dropped by major credit card companies, after a legal battle with numerous sex abuse survivors exposing the porn site for failing to remove the victims’ abuse videos. Now another child sex abuse victim is suing Twitter. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law Center (NCOSE), The Haba Law Firm, and The Matiasic Firm jointly filed a federal lawsuit against Twitter on behalf of a minor who was trafficked on the social media platform that boasts more than 330 million users. At age 16, Plaintiff John Doe was horrified to find out sexually graphic videos of himself — made at age 13 under duress by sex traffickers — had been posted to Twitter. Peter Gentala, from NCOSE said “Despite its public expressions to the contrary, Twitter is swarming with uploaded child pornography and Twitter management does little or nothing to prevent it.” “Twitter clearly needs to properly address the egregious issues of exploitation and abuse happening throughout its platform. We hope that John Doe receives some measure of justice and that this lawsuit will pave the way for other survivors to seek justice,” Gentala said. More
USA – California says that kids aged ten can consent to sex with adults
U.S. State California has said that kids aged ten can consensually have sex with adults and President Biden is in full support for of this. But science and basic biology and psychology disagree. Young children can’t understand sex or its role in relationships, and the images they see can leave a lasting impression. It’s a basic premise of marketing that what we watch, read and direct our attention toward influences our behaviour. And, as any marketer knows, sex sells. According to Melissa Henson, a program director for the Parents Television Council, Hollywood is ignoring the huge demographic of families because they simply aren’t interested in programming for families. Now we see parents and children watching hypersexualized entertainment together.
Research shows that children who are exposed to sexually explicit material and in other media tend to want to engage in these behaviours themselves. This does not translate to them being at all developmentally ready, nor are they emotionally, socially or intellectually ready for sex with peers or even more so with adults. Therefore, to support child-adult sex can amount only to support for child sexual abuse and for obvious reasons this is problematic and even criminal.
Article, Pandemic boredom: Many parents watch increasingly sexualized content with their kids, Overexposed and Under-Prepared: The Effects of Early Exposure to Sexual Content, Long-term consequences of early sexual initiation on young adult health: A causal inference approach.
USA – New Legislation aims to ban sales & possession of sex dolls
A bill aiming to ban the sale and possession of sex dolls that look like children is before the U.S. House. This legislation is called the CREEPER Act 2.0. Patrick Trueman, the CEO and president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation said “Recently, a mother discovered that an image of her 8-year-old daughter’s face was used on a sex doll being sold on the Internet.” The bill’s detractors say that sex dolls would be a form of harm reduction that meets the needs of individuals who would want to avoid harming real children, but no research exists to prove that this would prevent the actual abuse of children. Research does however exist that repeating this behaviour (especially sexual behaviour) actually has a normalising effect.
The Australian Institute of Chronology did a literature review on the research surrounding child sex dolls and found that it desensitizes the user from the harm that child sexual abuse causes because dolls don’t give any kind of emotional feedback that indicates pain and discomfort, maybe it even increases the risk of objectifying children and viewing them as sex commodities. Just like pornography which has been found to drive the demand for increased sexual exploitation. Some individuals start off watching normal soft porn but end up watching more extreme content to achieve the desired results. Extreme content includes violence against women, degrading of women, and an appetite for younger and younger ages. More
USA – Pedophilia Is Overlooked in Popular Culture
“Call Me By Your Name” is just one of the latest pieces of media to subtly justify its portrayal of pedophilia. One of the biggest consequences of pedophilia in popular culture on young children is that they begin to view themselves as sex objects, believing that their self-worth is based on sex and attraction. Furthermore, it creates a distorted image of what love and relationships should look like because this viewpoint is based on women being controlled and dominated by men rather than being treated equally. Pedophilia needs to be resolutely and visually punished when presented in media. If it is not, this form of media needs to be boycotted and not treated as socially acceptable in any way. Read more
USA – Maxwell denies witnessing ‘inappropriate’ activities
Miss Maxwell had long fought to keep the testimony secret. She will go on trial in a criminal case next year and has pleaded not guilty. She is accused of helping Epstein traffic and sexually abuse underage girls and of perjury for denying involvement in such a scheme when she gave her deposition under oath. In the deposition, which spans more than 400 pages, she repeatedly denies and dismisses numerous allegations, and insists she never saw the financier have sex with anybody. McCawley, a lawyer for Miss Giuffre, said the unsealing of the deposition was “a long time coming and a welcome step towards revealing the evidence of the scope and scale of the Epstein and Maxwell sex trafficking ring.” Read more