Child Sexual Abuse

Icelandic Approach to Tackling Child Abuse Doubles Conviction Rates

Anne Longfield | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Anne Longfield

It's a statistic that never fails to shock: the vast majority of all child sexual abuse is concealed and never reported to the authorities. Only one in eight victims ever come to their attention.

Record Numbers of Online Child Sexual Abuse Imagery in New Report

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Susie Hargreaves

As I head towards my fifth anniversary leading the IWF, there is one consistent factor - we're always changing and growing and 2015 was no exception. Today we'll be publishing our latest figures. What stands out, is the dramatic increase in the number of confirmed reports of illegal imagery since we started actively searching for child sexual abuse images and videos.

An Open Letter to Stephen Fry

Tom Leavesley | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Tom Leavesley

Just grow up, eh? The sad thing is Stephen, victims of child abuse 'grow up' the second the abuse starts and they never get their childhood back. I was abused at the age of 12, not by an uncle but a former employee at my father's business. I've experienced my fair share of self pity over the years, especially when thinking about my lost childhood. However ugly you think that is, I think I'm entitled to feel that way from time to time. And you know what, it's funny you said no one is going to like me for feeling sorry for myself. That's exactly what I thought when I planned taking my own life a few years ago.

Chemical Castration - or Compassion for Paedophiles?

Dr Sarah D Goode | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Dr Sarah D Goode

Every paedophile was once somebody's little child, a member of somebody's family. To imagine that they are somehow distinct from us, that they are 'those monsters over there' is a fairy-story we can no longer afford to believe.

'Chemical Castration Cure' For Paedophiles Is About To Be Tested In Britain

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK

Paedophiles may be identified and treated before they target a victim through a new process of "chemical castration" being trialled in Britain. Around...


Lisa Edwards | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Lisa Edwards

I think back to when I was fifteen and developing major crushes on older, unattainable men wherever I went. I never acted on them, but I think the targets of my devotion must have been only too aware that there was a young girl mooning around after them, hanging on their every word.

Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation Overlooked

Javed Khan | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

High profile child sexual exploitation cases (CSE) like those in Rotherham and Rochdale have led many people to assume that all CSE victims are white British girls. But it's not the case. Worryingly, this stereotype highlighted in our report 'It's not on the radar', means that some front-line workers may be missing children affected by CSE.

Normalising Criminal Communities

Christian Berg | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Berg

The challenges facing investigators today is much more widespread than we have ever anticipated. We've doubled resources to the IWF to tackle the take down of this kind of material but the next goal is to step up law enforcement's ability in the same way.

What Explains the Astronomical Increase in Reports of Sex Offences Against Children?

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Since the watershed moment when we discovered the extent of the utterly repulsive crimes committed by Jimmy Savile the number of reported sex offences against children has almost doubled. Last year our ChildLine service provided 3,150 counselling sessions- up 10% on the previous twelve months - for children, as young as nine, who had been targets of or were worried about being groomed online.

Firebird: A Powerful New Play, Inspired by the Rochdale Child Sexual Exploitation Scandal Comes to the West End

Edward Hall | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Edward Hall

The play is now being used by The Children's Society as an awareness raising tool, helping them to lobby the government to improve laws aimed at protecting vulnerable teenagers.

Rotherham: From Sex Grooming to Murder

Qari Asim | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

From murders to planting bombs in mosques should be a concern for everyone in Britain. We should neither tolerate abuse against young girls nor any kind of bigotry against a particular community in Britain. Anti-Muslim prejudice is a matter for everyone who cares about this country and our fair society.

Five Myths About Fighting Child Sexual Abuse Material

Christian Berg | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Berg

It was to fight this evil that NetClean was formed in 2003 with the aim of making use of the latest technical inventions to stop the spread of CSA. However, despite being in operation for more than a decade there still exists misunderstandings about the technologies available to do so.

Celebrity Predators at the BBC

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

If a celebrity I had found remotely attractive had made approaches to me when I was a child, I would have let him. I had no concept of being able to say "no." It was more important to be "good."

My Recovery From Being Sexually Abused By Six Men Can Be an Example to Others

Penny Parks | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Parks

My adult clients usually made their first request for help to their GP. Often they would tell me how they received little empathy, with doctors casually dismissing the experience as a childhood event and something that shouldn't bother them anymore.

Put Paedophiles Not Police Officers in the Dock

Tom Leavesley | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Tom Leavesley

To suggest that his own officers are somehow 'confused' shows contempt for them and the victims they are trying to protect. I struggle to believe that any officer conducting an investigation into allegations of childhood sexual abuse will send their file to the Crown Prosecution Service without, as Sir Bernard puts it, 'testing all the evidence'.

Bernard Hogan-Howe Is Wrong on Police 'Believing' Rape Victims

Sarah Green | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Sarah Green

It is a misrepresentation to imply that current police practice involves police officers unconditionally believing those who report a sexual assault. After years of extremely bad treatment of rape victims, what we're supposed to have now is police procedure where the complainant is simply treated respectfully, where police engagement with them takes their account seriously, and where the investigation is full and not subject to rape myths - basically prejudices about who "real victims" and "real perpetrators" are and how they behave.

We Must Act to Prevent Abused Girls Growing Into Abused Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

There is no need for girls who have been abused as children to end up as abused adults. We can and should step in to protect vulnerable girls. In order to achieve that, we need leadership from national and local government to make sure women and girls who experience the most extensive abuse get appropriate support, wherever they turn for help.

Hidden Violence Is Blighting Women's Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

This holistic response, from frontline to specialist support, is what Agenda has been formed to campaign for. We can't keep consigning these women to lives of abuse and exclusion. More than three-quarters of the 1.2million women affected by this kind of abuse are mothers: for their sake and that of the next generation of girls, we've got to start getting this right.

Forgiving the Unforgivable - Could You Do the Same?

Tom Leavesley | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK
Tom Leavesley

Last week, you may have heard Laura Coel talk bravely about her experience of restorative justice and how she came face to face with the man who abuse...

Why Do the Media Ignore Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse?

Tom Leavesley | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Tom Leavesley

We need more male survivors of childhood sexual abuse to come forward and we need the media to report their stories. Boys and young men need role models too, so it is time to ask the question, why do the media ignore male survivors?

John Humphrys Slammed For 'Appallingly Ignorant' Child Sex Abuse Thoughts

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

BBC presenter John Humphrys has been called out on Twitter for asking whether some children who are sexually abused "aren't really affected". Speak...

IWF Confirms Hash List Success at the #WePROTECT Summit

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Tech
Susie Hargreaves

Just four days after the tragic events in Paris, it's been good to see so many countries gathered at the #WePROTECT summit in Abu Dhabi with the joint mission of making the world a more hostile place to share images of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

Tory MP Uses Child Abuse As A Reason To Deny Young People The Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK

A Conservative MP has been mocked by his colleagues and rebuked by Theresa May for suggesting that offering 16- and 17-year-olds the vote would make t...

Virtual Behaviour: Where Do the Boundaries Lie?

Christian Berg | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Tech
Christian Berg

The nature of the Internet means that people behave as they please, and not necessarily how they would do in real life. Individuals link being anonymous to being undetectable and therefore they feel as if they are not accountable for their actions online. This is where we start to see the destructive side effects of anonymity come into play.

England Footballer Adam Johnson In Court On Child Sex Charges

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK

England footballer Adam Johnson is due in court on child sex charges. The 28-year-old Sunderland winger is set to attend Bradford Crown Court for a...