United States Attorney’s OfficeNorthern District of FloridaProject Safe ChildhoodChild Sexual Abuse and the InternetPresented by: Frank WilliamsAssistant U.S. AttorneyProject Safe Childhood District Coordinator "A society is ultimately judged by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members."
This presentation will answer the three most commonly asked questions regarding child sexual abuse and the Internet • How bad is it? • How does it affect me? • What can I do about it?
The Face of Child Sexual Abuse • REDACTED PHOTO Unidentified child
Director of FBI Robert Mueller: 'We're Losing' the Child Porn War U.S. law enforcement is “losing the battle to combat child pornography and child exploitation on the Internet,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said April 23, 2008 during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Recent Gainesville Headlines Two men arrested, charged with sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010 Bus driver charged with child sex battery 74-year-old is accused of fondling 11-year-old girlPublished: Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 12:59 p.m. Gainesville man, UF student among 22 arrested in sex sting Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Lake City woman accused of sex with 15-year-old boys Published: Friday, August 20, 2010 Corrections officer, two other adults charged with child-sex crime Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 12:20 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 12:20 p.m.
Gainesville Man Sentenced for Manufacturing Child Pornography by TV20 News Desk - February 2nd 2010 A man will spend the rest of life in prison for making child pornography. He was using children in Alachua County.Keith Olmeda was arrested back in may after deputies were told Olmeda sexually abused children between 2005 and 2007 and recorded it. There were four victims who were between the ages of 5 and 10 at the time.
Feds Investigate Top Immigration and Customs Cop in Florida For Child Porn April 12, 2011 The Herald describes Anthony Mangione as running ICE in southern Florida; an ICE press release last month characterized him as the agency's “SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF ICE HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS IN MIAMI."
Dense Population of Sex Offenders in Fla. Case Is Alarmingly Typical There are so many sex offenders living within blocks of where 7-year-old Somer Thompson vanished Monday that when their homes are represented by pins on a digital map they create a cluster so thick it overlaps in places. (160 within 5 mile radius) ” ABC News October 2009
55,774 There are 8,682 registered sexual predators and 47,092 registered sexual offenders on the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Public Registry, totaling 55,774. 377 registered sexual predators and sexual offenders reside in Alachua County, Florida. FDLE Sex Offender Registry Database March 28, 2011
CyberTipline Weekly Activity Report #679 (April 25, 2011 – May 1, 2011)*
Pornography is a $13 Billion Dollar Industry in U.S. Internet Pornography Revenues Estimated at over $3 BillionEvery second:$3,075 is spent on itMore than 28,000 Internet users are viewing it372 Internet users are using search engines to find it
The Pedophile Handbook “This is an education and a step-by-step guide for adults to engage and practice sexual relationships with underage children” “The purpose of this guide is to teach adults how to safely and harmlessly practice sex with children, without hurting the child, by using advanced and well researched child psychology and pedagogy.”
Four out of every 20 girls will be abused and one or two of every twenty boys. The peak age of vulnerability is 7 to 13. In the United States, approximately 500,000 children are sexually abused each year. One in twenty instances of child sexual abuse are reported. The Neurobiology of Child Abuse and Neglect, Neuro Psychiatry Reviews, June 2008, Volume 9, Number 6.
The Human Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse • Childhood Sexual Abuse occurs when the brain is in its critical formative period. Exposure to stress during this period changes the shape of the neurons and molecular organization of the brain leading to: • Diminished capacity of the adult hippocampus • Altered development of the limbic system • Brain wave abnormalities in the temporal and frontal lobe regions of the brain • Reduction in the size of the amygdala The Neurobiology of Child Abuse and Neglect, Neuro Psychiatry Reviews, June 2008, Volume 9, Number 6.
Childhood sexual abuse is linked to the onset of: • Psychosomatic Disorder • Panic Disorder • Borderline Personality Disorder • Dissociative Identity Disorder • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder • Depression • Eating Disorders • Suicidal Thoughts • Substance Abuse • Anxiety • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
While childhood sexual abuse (CSA) continues to be a major public health problem, an equally severe and silent epidemic are the estimated 39 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the United States who continue to exhibit aftereffects of CSA that predispose them to adverse psychosocial outcomes throughout their adolescent and adult life. Early childhood traumas such as sexual abuse can have lifelong effects throughout adulthood, and the cost to society is high. Ninety percent of cases go unreported and untreated, as the symptoms of CSA are often misdiagnosed and unappreciated. The Public’s Health, Los Angeles County Public Health, April 2009
Some experts have tried to express the effects in dollar amounts -- according to a study called the Total Estimated Cost of Child Sexual Abuse and Neglect in the United States, sexual abuse of children costs $94 billion annually.
Still not convinced that Internet safety is an important issue? Ask yourself this question…..
What effect is the Internet having on my child?
First, educate yourself and stay informed. Second, educate your children and stay in touch. Third, take responsibility for ensuring that other children are protected.
Books, films, and Internet materials “Trust” A New Film
Educating students about Internet safety can be difficult, especially with constantly changing technologies and classroom time constraints. These Internet resources can help!
Virginia First State to Require Internet Safety Lessons Virginia First State to Require Internet Safety Lessons in Schools Fox News April 2008 Florida Legislation Recommends Public Libraries Provide Internet Safety Materials Tallahassee Democrat 2009
Presenter Contact Information: Frank Williams Assistant United States Attorney Project Safe Childhood and CHIPS Coordinator Northern District of Florida 300 East Universtiy Ave., Suite 310 Gainesville, FL 32601 352.378.0996 firstname.lastname@example.org