Thursday, June 20, 2024

Child exploitation podcast to tell confronting but important stories

A new police podcast about online child sexual exploitation is bringing some hard-to-tell stories out of the shadows and into the public consciousness in order to help prevent this horrendous type of crime.

The Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) podcast explores the scale of the issue, victim experiences, the psychology behind offender behaviour, advocacy, prevention and government intervention.

In an AFP first, this podcast provides the Australian community with behind-the-scenes access to the men and women who work tirelessly to end the exploitation of children.

AFP Commissioner, Reece Kershaw today launched the series alongside Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews and father and Australian actor, Rodger Corser.

“Although some listeners may find parts of the content confronting, these are stories that need to be told,” said Commissioner Kershaw.

“The issues raised throughout the series need to be acknowledged and talked about by the Australian community”.

“Last year the ACCCE received than more 21,000 thousand reports of online child sexual exploitation. It’s important that we raise awareness about this crime type and normalise discussion.”

The series provides listeners with an understanding of what constitutes online exploitation and just how easily children can be targeted by anyone, from anywhere.

Episodes will give parents, guardians and carers tips and advice on how to protect kids online, as well as how to identify and report offensive online behaviour.

“We hope this podcast gives listeners the tools to equip them to educate themselves and others, speak up and report online child sexual exploitation – help us put an end to this crime type,’ said Commissioner Kershaw.

‘Closing The Net’ is available now from all major podcast platforms.

If you know of a child that is being contacted inappropriately or groomed by an adult online, or have been effected by online child sexual exploitation visit the ACCCE website for advice and support: www.accce.gov.au

Episode guide:

Hiding In Plain Sight – Stopping online child sex offenders and protecting children from harm is what drives the women and men of the ACCCE.

What You Don’t Know May Hurt You – It’s now easier than ever for our children and young people to receive inappropriate contact via online devices, apps and games.

I’m Just A Kid – Not all online child sex offenders are adults. Sexual exploitation by peers and image based abuse are rife issues in the technology and platforms we use every day.

Offensive Behaviour – What motivates an online child sex offender and how can law enforcement use that information to help protect our kids?

Turning Grief Into Hope – Some families are torn apart by the death of a child. Others are galvanized by it and turn their grief into hope for others.

Knowledge Is Power – Knowing more about technology and about what is and isn’t appropriate online is critical to protecting our kids online.

Prevent, Prepare, Pursue and Protect – Go inside the ACCCE with those who work tirelessly to protect children from harm and bring child sex offenders to justice.

The Good Fight – If a child discloses online abuse to you, how should you support them and where should you go to report the abuse?

The Borderless Crime – Bringing an end to online child exploitation requires a collaborative international response and Australia is leading the charge.

Target Zero – Australia’s law enforcement agencies are working to stay one step ahead of online offenders and ultimately wipe them out.

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