More public and industry engagement, earlier intervention needed to prevent child sexual offending online

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A new report involving over 2,000 experts in online child sex offending has made strong recommendations on how to better prevent the growing problem of child sexual offending on the internet.

The report, put together by the International Working Group for the Prevention of Online Sex Offending (IWG_OSO), features input from the National Crime Agency, the NSPCC and the University of Plymouth.

It highlights that more is needed to raise of sexual offending behaviour, along with closer collaboration between behavioural experts and the online industry, a between punishment and with potential offenders, and increased primary prevention addressing the underlying causes of offending.

The recommendations come amid the group's concerns about 'epidemic levels' of sexual exploitation material (CSEM) online.

The number of UK-related case referrals received by the National Crime Agency from the online industry almost trebled between 2016 and 2018 (113,948 reports in 2018 compared with 43,072 in 2016).

In the year 2018 alone, the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 18.4 million referrals of suspected online child sex offending cases from around the world.

The report, entitled Best Practice in the Management of Online Sex Offending, is being officially launched on Friday 21 June at the NSPCC headquarters in London, and recommends:

  • Closer collaboration between behavioural experts and the online industry: Experts involved in researching, treating and preventing online child sex offending behaviour should work more closely with the online industry to help design barriers to the commission of sexual offences online, and so prevent this crime from occurring. This might include collaborative work to design-out an offender's ability to produce, share and access CSEM in online platforms and services involved in these offences, as well as further expansion of deterrence messages and splash pages into pre-offending locations online.
  • Increasing public engagement with the problem of online child sex offending behaviour: Through, for example, media-supported public awareness campaigns, to increase public understanding of the problem of online child sexual offending behaviour, and to reduce the fear and stigma involved for people who wish to come forward and seek help to manage their pre-offending sexual interest in .
  • Better balancing efforts to prosecute and punish online sex offenders with earlier intervention methods to prevent sexual offences occurring—particularly for people with a pre-offending sexual interest in children: For example, an expansion of anonymous helplines and online deterrence campaigns targeting potential online child sex offenders, as well as greater therapeutic provision in the community.

The IWG_OSO was set up in 2014 with the support of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders. Its members and consultees include experts in online child sexual offending behaviours, from law enforcement, academia, children's charities, offender support services, therapeutic providers and the online industry.

Report co-author Dr. Maggie Brennan, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Plymouth, said:

"Online child sexual offending is now endemic in our society. It is marring the lives of children, families and communities—as well as those with a sexual interest in children who could be prevented from committing an offence against a child.

"In order to meaningfully protect children and society from online child sex offending, we urgently need to step up our efforts to stop offending behaviour before it starts—we need to focus on ways to better prevent this crime. Our report highlights a series of strategies to achieve better of online child sexual offending behaviour, which have been developed in consultation with approximately 2,000 international experts in the area."

Juliet Grayson, Chair of StopSO: The Specialist Treatment Organisation for Perpetrators and Survivors of Sexual Offences said:

"This report comes at a time when child sexual exploitation has reached epidemic proportions, and highlights much needed solutions. The consequences of child sexual offending are devastating and lifelong for the victims.

"Publicity campaigns that raise awareness, reduce fear and stigma, and encourage people with a sexual interest in children to come forward to ask for help before committing an offence, are essential. Now that early interventions exist in the UK, it is vital that we ensure that everyone knows where to turn for help. This can, and does, prevent the first crime from happening. StopSO has had over 3,000 requests from people wanting help to control their sexual behaviour, and over 60 percent of these have come from people with a sexual interest in children."


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More information: Brennan, M. et al. (2019) Best Practice in the Management of Online Sex Offending PEARL Research Repository doi.org/10.24382/t2cs-sw55
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Jun 22, 2019
Start with garbage like Valve and Steam, readily dishing out "games" of rather questionable content and intent, depicting and functionally promoting things such as child abuse and sexualization.

And what's even more bizarre, these "games", while almost always depicting prepubescent children are given an "adult only" rating. Now, if you don't see the consequences and problems with that sort of cretinous stupidity, here, let me help you:

"Adults" get to play "games" often depicting subjugation and abuse of children nowhere near adulthood.

It occured to me that in fact those age restrictions are entirely backwards, as with much of psychosociopathetic society's wonderful standards and ideologies. See, if a game depicts sexual acts with children, then only children should technically even be allowed to play those games, imo.

In fact, I would put a reverse age restriction on those sort of games (other than banning them outright). If you're older than 12...no go.

Jun 22, 2019
You got the names of any games from Valve or Steam that have child pornography in them?

Jun 22, 2019
You got the names of any games from Valve or Steam that have child pornography in them?


Sorry, I don't have specific names but a trivial search on the steam site could list dozens. It's not like it's hidden or anything.

Here, within a few seconds a nice list of some games allowed and sold on steam: https://steam250...._content

That absolutely nonsense disclaimer of "All characters depicted in this game are 18 years or older" doesn't fly with me.

Jun 22, 2019
Sorry, didn't see any children there. Not sure what you're talking about.

Jun 22, 2019
Sorry, didn't see any children there. Not sure what you're talking about.


So essentially, you're just a useless troll?

Jun 22, 2019
No, I just don't see any children there.

Jun 22, 2019
It looks to me kinda like those comic books you see sararimen reading on Japanese trains.

So how come you're not all up in arms about them too?

Jun 22, 2019
It looks to me kinda like those comic books you see sararimen reading on Japanese trains.

So how come you're not all up in arms about them too?


Well I dunno what that is, the reason I bitch about this stuff is the pervasive acceptance and popularity. See, I've never heard of what you mentioned there. No idea what it is. But, steam on the other hand is rather well-known.

But who am I kidding, I'm glad to see the world embrace its future as hell. Your particularly special ignorance really excites me, because of that.

Jun 22, 2019
Kiddie pr0n is for lusers, and a fixation on children as sexual objects is a mental disease. But I really can't see those games being some sort of "trigger" or something for that kind of fixation; it has to go a great deal deeper than that, I'd say. I scanned that page, and I didn't see any games with, for example, a little girl with her dollie. Or some little boy with his Tonka truck. I just don't see it. I can think of a lot more important things around this issue to get upset about than a bunch of anime games, for example who's making the *real* kiddie pr0n and where they're getting the *real* kids who are getting raped and abused.

Jun 22, 2019
Kiddie pr0n is for lusers, and a fixation on children as sexual objects is a mental disease. But I really can't see those games being some sort of "trigger" or something for that kind of fixation; it has to go a great deal deeper than that, I'd say. I scanned that page, and I didn't see any games with, for example, a little girl with her dollie. Or some little boy with his Tonka truck. I just don't see it. I can think of a lot more important things around this issue to get upset about than a bunch of anime games, for example who's making the *real* kiddie pr0n and where they're getting the *real* kids who are getting raped and abused.


I understand your tactics, you've already let yourself be known. It's like you think I'm new at prosecution and judgment.

Here's a hint, I asked some other people about that page and they were like "WTF"

Jun 22, 2019
I'm just trying to figure you out. Are you a born-again Christian?

Jun 22, 2019
Here, I'll quote an old lady. "Those generally look like they're 12 year old children"

Jun 22, 2019
I'm just trying to figure you out. Are you a born-again Christian?


No, I'm from Orion and a wizard. Good luck with that figuring out part.

Jun 22, 2019
See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.

Jun 22, 2019
See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.


Sorry, you won't see me, but you might have some "guests" soon. Thanks for the attempts though. Unseen snares are the best.

This is the part where you realized what just happened.

Jun 22, 2019
Bring it, Slanderboi.

Jun 22, 2019
Meanwhile back in reality, do we really want governments or industry scanning everybody's downloads? Seriously. Because that's where this ends up.

They already kick kiddie pr0n sites off the Internet; I might be wrong about that, but seems to me I've seen a few newspaper articles about it. If I were interested enough, I'd go find some references, but a nutjob holy roller is not sufficient motivation.

Just not into the whole Total Society Surveillance thing, ya know? Nor anybody who thinks it's a good idea.

Now, to me, that looked like a Russian troll farmer, trying to stir up shit for the Big Trump Election. But maybe that's just me.

Jun 22, 2019
Yeah I know you were around CS. What, you have a problem with my Panopticon? You got like 2 months.

Jun 22, 2019
Yeah I know you were around CS. What, you have a problem with my Panopticon? You got like 2 months. That's the beauty of it. You're imprisoned, and you can't do shit about it.

Apparently, sometimes, if you edit a post after 3 minutes it makes a new post from that. How about some death metal?

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