In Europe, November 18th is End Child Sex Abuse Day. On this day, Child Focus, the Belgian Center for Missing and Sexually Abused Children, wanted to raise the alarm on child pornography. The problem is growing at an alarming rate: new studies estimate that more than 19 million images and videos of child sex abuse are shared online every day between pedophiles. And the images have become more violent and extreme, with the average age of the victims dropping from eight to four years old.
Yet this terrible problem is easily ignored – precisely because it is so horrifying people shy away from taking action. Another opinion piece or article in the press won’t do the trick anymore. It was time for Child Focus to deliver a serious wake-up call.