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April 15, 2021--

DHS, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is hosting a WEBINAR: Faithful Action: Strategies to Support Famililies in Preventing and Protecting Against Online Child Sexual Sexual Exploitation (CLICK TO SIGN UP)

This webinar commemorates the 2021 National Child Abuse Prevention Month and shares resources for faith and community groups on understanding how they can help children to be safer online and support families when their children have been victimized by online sexual exploitation. We have brought together four of the leading organizations in this fight to combat child sexual abuse material. Presenters will provide an overview of the latest research on technology and youth's online risk-taking behaviors, including sexting, sextortion, and online grooming; provide approaches to prevent and reduce online harms of youth; an overview on child sexual exploitation investigations; strategies to support families when their child has been sexually exploited and; resources from the Department of Homeland Security, THORN and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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Over the past few years, a coalition of women from the Women's Inclusion Project has been working with other women investors and with a coalition of other investment firms, as well as ICCR and with Christian Brothers Investment Services, on a number of shareholder engagements. Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online has been growing at an explosive rate. This is an important issue, and we want to raise investor awareness.  As shareholders in Facebook, we are concerned about regulatory risk, in particular. This is how #KeepKidsSafeOnline was born.


The key ask in our resolution is for a board-level report assessing the risk of increased sexual exploitation of children as the Company develops and offers additional privacy tools, such as end-to-end encryption. Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that end-to-end encryption will make it harder for Facebook to identify child abuse on the platform. It turns out we were prescient on filing our resolution, as there has been a recent related bipartisan bill in the Senate, the Earn-It Act, which puts pressure on tech companies relative to their exemption from liability for third-party content on their sites related to child abuse. There is likely to be further pressure on revenue and government regulation associated with this issue area.

In 2019, there were more than 16.9 million reports of child sexual abuse material online and, of that, 15.8 million – or 94 percent – came from the Facebook platform

We are proud of our friend and ally Cathy Rowan, who was a panelist on the UN High Level Political Forum 2020 Virtual Event: Stop Child Abuse in Social Media!

"The yearly event, known as the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, held this year from July 7 to July 16, provides a venue for U.N. member countries to highlight local progress as well as an opportunity for advocates to address concerns".

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#KeepKidsSafeOnline is a project of the Women’s Inclusion Project (WIP). WIP utilizes gender lens investment strategies to support women and girls. Our partner Proxy Impact provides shareholder advocacy and proxy voting services for impact investors. Together we engage companies to increase board gender diversity, expand the number of women in senior management, eliminate gender pay disparities, and stop online child sexual exploitation.

If you would like to be an ally, please see the contact information below.

 One Third   of Internet users are children and  800 million   kids now are on social media.

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Our Children

Facebook's planned encryption, warning that it will cloak the actions of child predators and make children more vulnerable to sexual abuse. By moving to end-to-end encryption without first taking steps to stop child sexual abuse on its platforms, Facebook will effectively make invisible 70 percent of CSAM cases – an estimated 12 million instances – that are currently being detected and reported.

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to Join Fight Against Child Exploitation Online



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Email: afrank@hastingsgroup.com
Tel:  (703) 276-3264


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