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WeProtect Global Alliance’s Global Threat Assessment 2023

REPORT

Child sexual exploitation and abuse online is a growing global crisis, both in terms of scale and the evolving methods used by perpetrators. WeProtect Global Alliance recently published their latest version of the Global Threat Assessment, a biennial report on the global state of child sexual exploitation and abuse online and how to draw on this evidence to turn the tide on this issue.


This report shows that new forms of abuse, such as financial sexual extortion and AI-generated abuse imagery, underscore the urgent need for the implementation of Safety by Design principles, global alignment of internet regulations, and the application of public health strategies to violence prevention. Additionally, it is crucial to involve children's voices and adopt a child-centred approach to better understand the threat and bridge gaps in the response.




What is the Global Threat Assessment?

Every two years, WeProtect Global Alliance publishes a report assessing the current scale and scope of child sexual exploitation and abuse online, to improve the global response to this threat.

This report aims to encourage evidence-based action, recommend solutions and measures based on the evidence, and highlight opportunities to prevent abuse before it happens.


Our contribution

Results from our ReDirection research on child sexual abuse material users in the dark web are included in the Global Threat Assessment. 39% of respondents to our survey reported that they have viewed child sexual abuse livestreaming, signalling the urgent need for action to keep children safe online.




Urgent calls to action

  1. Invest in public health approaches, prioritising preventative measures, such as Safety by Design.

  2. Centre children’s rights and perspectives in designing interventions, providing children with age-appropriate resources on online safety.

  3. Implement globally aligned legislation to prevent offenders from benefitting from legal loopholes and avoid tech companies making duplicative efforts in reporting, removing and blocking abusive content.


We are proud to be members of the WeProtect Global Alliance. WeProtect Global Alliance is a global movement of people and organisations working together to transform the global response to child sexual exploitation and abuse online.



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