New analysis released today (April 21) in the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) annual report shows the growing risk of children, particularly girls aged 11-13, being targeted by criminal sex predators.
Predators groom, bully, and coerce their victims into filming their own sexual abuse on internet enabled devices, often in the child’s own bedrooms in their family homes. The images and videos of this abuse are then shared widely online.
The IWF’s annual report reveals:
- In 2020, the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of self-generated imagery. It now accounts for nearly half (44%) the imagery IWF took action on last year (IWF analysts confirmed 153,350 reports of child sexual abuse material in total).
- This is a 77% increase on 2019’s total of 38,400 reports which included “self-generated” material.
- New analysis shows in 80% of these cases, the victims were 11- to 13-year-old girls.
Read the full report here.