Reporting online child sex abuse is simple but many ignore it, reveals poll

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“If you think you’ve stumbled upon child sexual abuse on the internet, report it to iwf.org.uk”

A recent poll has revealed that as many as 1.5 million adults may have come across child sexual abuse online – 4% of men questioned and 2% of women – but as many as 12% do not report it, and many more do not know how to, even though 91% want it removed from the internet. The way to report a website is simple: Go to the Internet Watch Foundation website, iwf.org.uk, and fill out a form.

The foundation said that in 2012 it had only logged 73 UK webpages hosting child sexual abuse images or videos, compared to 9,477 hosted in other countries worldwide.

According to CEO Susie Hargreaves: “We need to prevent people from stumbling upon this content and assist other countries in creating a hostile environment for hosting it…  if you think you’ve stumbled upon child sexual abuse images or videos on the internet, report it to iwf.org.uk.”

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