IWF launches #Every5Minutes: a campaign against child sexual abuse images online

28 Feb 2020 Angela Munoz Aroca

For too many children, the ordeal of sexual abuse doesn’t end when the abuse stops. The recording, viewing and sharing of countless images online means victims suffer humiliation and misery every time someone clicks on a photo or video of their abuse. IWF’s team of world-class analysts work tirelessly to beat the harmful side of technology by harnessing cutting-edge tools to stop this cruel abuse.

IWF is calling on companies, organisations and individuals in Cambridgeshire, and further afield, to support this crucial work through membership, charitable partnership or by donating.  There are plenty of ways people and organizations can take part of this campaign.

  • Make a single or regular donation personally to the IWF online or by texting FIVE, TEN or TWENTY to 70460 to donate £5, £10 or £20* and help a victim of child sexual abuse.
  • Visit iwf.org.uk/every5minutes to find out how your company can benefit from working with the IWF while supporting victims of sexual abuse in childhood.
  • Share our campaign messages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, including the campaign link and hashtag #Every5Minutes iwf.org.uk/Every5Minutes.
  • Spread the word to colleagues and friends about the first IWF Cambridge Hackathon on 21 March. Programmers, coders, developers or anyone with great technical skills is welcome to help the IWF develop new tech tools for their analysts to use in the fight against child sexual abuse online. Sign up here.

Together we can make a real difference to the lives of children who are continually victimised by sexual abuse imagery being shared online.

Find out more information by visiting iwf.org.uk/every5minutes or by following the #Every5Minutes hashtag on social media.

Advice & Support

If you’ve suffered sexual abuse, know someone who has or would like to find out more, the following organisations can provide help, advice and assistance:

  • If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away.
  • Contact the NSPCC if you’re worried about a child who may be suffering abuse. 
  • The Marie Collins Foundation support children and families who have suffered sexual abuse via the internet.
  • The Truth Project offers survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their experience in writing, on the telephone or in person.
  • The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is a charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse.
  • Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free or visit their website.

If you see images or videos online and suspect a child under the age of 18 is suffering sexual abuse, report it simply and anonymously to the IWF here.

The IWF is a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, working with Childnet International and the SWGfL to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for children and young people.

*Texts cost one standard rate message + the donation amount. UK residents 16+ only. Please ask the bill payer’s permission.

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