Unsafe Children: Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the UK
Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 12:00 - 13:00
Child sexual abuse (CSA) in this country is nothing short of an epidemic. It is blighting communities and ruining childhoods across the country at an alarming rate. Many victims do not disclose for decades and some never do at all: meaning children are suffering in silence and perpetrators are operating with impunity.
The damage caused by this type of offending is incalculable. Widespread internet access has created more opportunity for people who pose a sexual threat to children to contact them and access appalling images and videos of children being abused. Every image and frame hosted on these sites depict a real child being harmed in the real world. The demand for such criminal material is driving new forms of offending such as live streaming, where abusers hire traffickers overseas to find children for them to torture and rape via video link. To our shame, Britain is the third largest consumer of this in the world.
To shine a light on this issue, the CSJ has collaborated with a panel of expert Commissioners to produce a report titled ‘Unsafe Children: Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the UK’. To launch this report and it’s 96 recommendations, the CSJ hosted an online launch event to discuss the findings.
CHAIR – Camilla Tominey
Associate Editor of The Daily Telegraph
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Chair of CSE/A Commission
Broadcaster, CSE/A Commissioner and Chair of the Survivor Working Group
Former Special Advisor & CSJ CSE/A Lead