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.
- 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.
- 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.