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The Impact of Covid-19 On Online Child Sexual Exploitation and the Implications for Victims and Survivors

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About the Course

The lockdowns and school closures associated with the covid-19 pandemic resulted in children and adults spending an unprecedented amount of time online. National and international law enforcement agencies have reported substantial increases in online child sexual exploitation as well as consumption of child sexual abuse material. This presentation presents the findings of an international survey and interview study of specialist law enforcement and tipline workers regarding their views about the impact of covid-19 on child sexual exploitation and responses to victims and survivors during the pandemic. The presentation will also draw on a qualitative analysis of ‘dark web’ offender discussions about covid-19, including the opportunities and challenges presented by the pandemic to the sexual abuse of children. The presentation draws out the implications of covid-19 for victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation for mental health care, child protection and social work.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, The Impact of Covid-19 On Online Child Sexual Exploitation and the Implications for Victims and Survivors created by Michael Salter, PhD in 2021.

Publication Date:

Jul 2021

Course Material Author

Michael Salter, PhD

A/Prof Michael Salter is a Scientia Fellow and criminologist at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on gendered violence and sexual exploitation, including primary prevention, complex trauma and technologically-facilitated abuse. He is the author of two books, including the first study of child sexual exploitation in Australia, Organised Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2013), and an examination of abuse and harassment on social media, Crime, Justice and Social Media (Routledge, 2017), as well as over forty papers on violence, abuse and trauma. A/Prof Salter sits on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, who awarded him the 2018 Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement. He is a member of the editorial board of the Child Abuse Review and the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, an expert advisor to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, and the patron of the Child Abuse Prevention Service.

Michael Salter, PhD authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the effects of the pandemic on the risk and impact of online child sexual exploitation.
  2. Identify the role of online offender cultures in the sexual exploitation of children.
  3. Discuss two ways to support victims and survivors of online child sexual exploitation.

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Course Retired
Course Number 103071
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