Sexual violence in cyberspace continues to plague the health and well-being of millions of children and adolescents worldwide. This presentation will review the numerous types of crimes against children mediated by information and communication technology. Participants will learn numerous aspects of victimization and why the long-term outcome for these victims is so much worse that when there is child sexual abuse without visual memorialization. The number of states that have passed new or updated laws criminalizing such behavior has exploded. As these new laws come into effect, investigators and prosecutors need to understand what types of behavior are covered by the laws, how to present them to Judges and juries, and the likely constitutional challenges that will be faced.
Improve capabilities to conduct digital evidence preservation, collection, and analysis. Understand the role this type of digital evidence plays in child abduction, exploitation, and child sex trafficking cases.
Learn about the risks technology poses to youth surrounding sexual exploitation and abuse cases. Examine different types of offenders and the technology used to victimize children. Uncover social networking sites and applications used by children and offenders. Identify cyberbullying and prevention methods including sexting and its legal ramifications. Gather information on child trafficking including: grooming process, examination of online advertisements and where to find them, initial recruiting techniques, and, how different cultural heritage and gang influence impacts victimization.
Learn about the differences between child pornography and child sexual assault. Examine offender characteristics and the appeal of technology. Review the various types of technology used for sexual exploitation and to facilitate crimes against children. Discuss how offenders utilize various technology, and the challenges that new technology creates. Learn about the effects of sexual abuse on victims.