The Safe Childhood Project is a US initiative launched nationwide in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, and has brought different cases to justice.
A 55-year-old man from Crofton, Maryland pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of child pornography. According to his guilty plea, Gordon’s IP address was found to access dark websites. Executing a search warrant at Gordon’s residence, police seized numerous computer devices that Gordon admitted belonged to him. Gordon faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison followed by life supervised release for possession of child pornography.
Community and school awareness campaign
The Safe Childhood project is run by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Obscenity and Child Exploitation Section, the Safe Childhood Project, and brings together federal, state, and local resources to:
- Locate, arrest and prosecute people who sexually exploit children.
- Identify and rescue sexually exploited victims.
Likewise, under this project, effective community and school awareness campaigns are developed, focusing on important issues such as:
- Cyber bullying.
- Sexting: minors who take sexually explicit photos of themselves and post them on the Internet.
- Predators of minors on the Internet and their typical modus operandi.
- Prevention of the dissemination of personal information over the Internet.
- Information for parents and schools that need additional resources.