- PROTECTING CHILDREN
- EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES
- TRANSFORMING MINDS
Today’s sexualized culture, partnered with all that technology has to offer, has erased all of the once clear markers of the exploitation of at-risk people groups and has now lumped us into one worldwide boiling pot.
The majority of individuals who are found to be at risk of exploitation were once clearly identified as living under the umbrella of three main risk factors:
- Extreme poverty
- Lack of education
- Lack of job security
Today, these risk factors have increased with categories that make us ALL vulnerable to exploitation including lack of online safety and exposure to hyper-sexualized content on a regular basis.
These additional risk factors have removed all the boundaries that once separated high levels of exploitation within developing countries to now being an issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our very own living rooms.
In 2016 alone, over 8000 reports of child exploitation were reported across Australia. A figure far greater than reports received over the 2013 and 14 calendar years, and each one of these reports contained hundreds and thousands of images and videos of children being sexually abused and tortured (Australian Federal Police, 2017).
In addition to these harrowing statistics, the Internet Watch Foundation reported that between the years of 2013 to 2015 child sexual abuse imagery worldwide rose 417% with increasing trends of the children themselves producing the material as a result of online grooming. This is now defined as ‘youth-produced sexual content’ (Anti-Slavery Australia, 2017).
“Children today live the majority of their life online. They do not separate between the online and ‘real’ offline world. Without access to the internet, keeping up to date with what their friends are doing online, and counting how many likes they have, their world stops.
Child sex offenders use this to their advantage. They use the privacy and anonymity of the internet to identify and target vulnerable children; children who are often online unsupervised on what appear to be benign platforms.”
(Australian Federal Police, 2017)
"The easiest tool to put in the hands of our kids is the practise of critical reflection, deciding for themselves what's helpful and what's harmful"
– Renee Chopping –
Since 2014 Renee Chopping has been an advocate of child’s rights through her work within the anti-trafficking sector as Director of Aftercare Operations for Destiny Rescue International, and as an International Educator of online safety, sexuality, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. Renee’s passion and life’s work is in equipping and empowering communities across the globe with the tools necessary to safeguard themselves and live with increased resilience amidst today’s image based and hyper-sexualised culture.
While currently based in Southeast Asia, when Renee is not traveling the globe, you’ll find her on the Sunshine Coast of Australia soaking up precious time with her beloved family.