Fighting online child sexual abuse | ACMA

Fighting online child sexual abuse

The Australian Communications and Media Authority Hotline referred more than 4,700 images of abused children to law enforcement during National Child Protection Week last week, 1-7 September.

Following a one-week record of 418 investigations the images were referred to agencies in Australia or through the international network of internet hotlines - INHOPE - for investigation and take-down in the country where they were hosted or produced.

‘Images depicting child sexual abuse are among the most abhorrent on the internet,’ said ACMA cyber safety spokesman, Richard Bean. ‘The ACMA’s work with law enforcement and INHOPE plays a critical role in helping to eradicate this type of online material’.

‘Every single image taken down helps prevent the re-victimisation of the children who have suffered sexual abuse and the ACMA’s work in this area helps make the internet a safer place for everyone, especially children’.

The ACMA conducts investigations upon complaint from members of the public, Australian law enforcement and international hotlines. Its work results in the take-down of images, the apprehension of perpetrators and the protection of children.

During National Child Protection Week, the ACMA also announced a closer relationship with Crime Stoppers making it easier for Australians to report illegal online content and give information about crimes being committed. Members of the public visiting either the ACMA or Crime Stoppers websites will be directed to the most appropriate agency to handle their report, helping police to act more quickly, particularly where people are in danger.

Complaints about child sexual abuse material – and other offensive or illegal content - can be made at: acmahotline.

National Child Protection Week is an initiative of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

Media release 64/2013 - 10 September

Last updated: 22 November 2016