Breaking the Cycle of Victimization
Survivors whose child sexual abuse was recorded and spread online continue to be exploited by every person who views and shares recordings of their abuse. Project Arachnid, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s (C3P) platform to detect known images of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and issue removal notices to industry, has led to the removal of more than six million images of CSAM, helping to break the cycle of victimization for survivors.
Trigger Warning: This video contains themes of child sexual abuse and its recording. All individuals depicted are actors, and this is a reflection of survivor experiences as a collective, not of any one individual.
Unwanted Followers tells the real story of countless victims whose abusive imagery continues to presently exist online. They have had to live this traumatic and tragic reality for decades due to platforms and services on the internet that have been allowed to operate without oversight.
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For decades, survivors have been impacted by this silent, social epidemic. It’s time to stand with them and demand change. Your voice has the power to protect children.
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- Since 2017, Project Arachnid has detected 42.7+ million possible images of CSAM*. And that’s JUST what OUR system found.
According to C3P’s report:
- 97% of the CSAM Project Arachnid has sent notices on has lived on the clear web; the web you use every day.
- In some cases it’s taken up to 42 days before a CSAM image is removed. If the image is of a teen or young adult, the delay can be even longer.
- In half the cases we saw the same images re‑appearing on the same platforms.
- The New York Times in their series “Exploited” brought to light the explosion of CSAM online and industry’s lack of response.
Who is responsible for this epidemic? No one and everyone. The internet has been allowed to operate unchecked, without rules, leaving the most vulnerable to be victimized without consequence. This needs to change now.
Looking for a deeper dive into how we got here? C3P has several reports that focuses on how the global epidemic of CSAM is not being addressed properly in order to protect children and support survivors. Visit protectchildren.ca/research to learn more.
Some of the recommendations below can be enacted almost immediately, while others will take time; either way we must continue to push for the change that is urgently needed for children/survivors.
- Prioritize the rapid removal of CSAM
- Use already‑available proactive tools to prevent or limit the reappearance of known CSAM
- Include CSAM‑specific reporting options in easy‑to‑locate reporting menus
- Impose meaningful regulations that hold industry accountable for content on their platforms
- Enact financial penalties for non‑compliance or failure to follow these regulations
More recommendations for change can be found in our latest report, Project Arachnid: Online available of child sexual abuse material.
If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse material, we can help. Visit protectchildren.ca/survivor-support, or safely contact us here.
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- * As of January 2022. ↩