Giving a Voice to Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
The World Wide Web has been around for 30 years and for 20 of those the Hotline.ie service has been identifying and removing online images and videos of child sexual abuse, stemming from anonymous public reports, and thus contributing to the protection of countless children within Ireland and abroad.
By the public’s reporting of suspect images of children online to Hotline.ie, and by working in conjunction with law enforcement, Internet companies, and over 40 INHOPE member Hotlines across the globe, it ensures that illegal imagery is removed from the Internet and the child victim may be identified, rescued from a life of suffering and their abuser brought to justice.
Every day the nature of our work exposes horrific acts, with each public report a potential portal to the darkest and most monstrous side of humanity. However, with each CSAI identified and actioned instils a renewed sense of purpose knowing that we are all coming together to give a voice to child sexual abuse victims and survivors alike, and hopefully help in their journey to healing.
Last but not least, the Hotline.ie Team would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere heartfelt gratitude to each one of you for the role you play, every day, in making a real difference in the world! Thank you.
Photo by ISPAI, INHOPE
In 2018, Hotline.ie received more public reports than ever before (over 12,000), which in turn led to more child sexual abuse images and videos being identified, removed from the Internet and notified to law enforcement, namely 174% more CSAI than in 2017.'