Global Threat Assessment report 2021

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  • October 21, 2021
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Global Threat Assessment report 2021

Part of: Prelims and GS I – Social issues

Context The Global Threat Assessment report 2021 was recently launched by We Protect Global Alliance. 

  • We Protect Global Alliance is a global movement of more than 200 governments, private sector companies and civil society organisations working together to transform the global response to child sexual exploitation and abuse online.

Key findings

  • underfunded: Child sexual abuse remains a chronically underfunded issue. 
  • COVID-19 impact: COVID-19 had contributed to a significant spike in child sexual exploitation and abuse online.
  • Highest reporting: In the past two years, the reporting of child sexual exploitation and online abuse has reached its highest level.
  • Self-generated abuse:  The Internet Watch Foundation observed a 77% increase in child ‘self-generated’ (arising without apparent external cause) sexual material from 2019 to 2020.
  • Tools to detect: Only 37% currently use tools to detect online grooming.
    • Online grooming is where someone befriends a child online and builds up their trust with the intention of exploiting them and causing them harm. 
  • Suggestions:
    • Prioritise prevention activities against abuse,
    • Creating safe online environments for children 
    • Stakeholders who have a role to protect children must work together to improve the response. 

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