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Kenya Launches Portal to Curb Child Sexual Abuse

Internet users across Kenya will from now on have the opportunity to safely and anonymously report criminal images and videos of children suffering sexual abuse through a dedicated online portal.

p Internet users across Kenya will from now on have the opportunity to safely and anonymously report criminal images and videos of children suffering sexual abuse through a dedicated online portal.The portal launched Wednesday by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) aims to protect victims of child sexual abuse from suffering emotional distress when horrific imagery is shared online.Once reported through the new portal, images and videos will be assessed by trained IWF analysts in the UK and if they are found to contain child sexual abuse, they can be blocked and removed from the internet."Once cases of online sexual abuse on children are reported at our offices or anonymously through the DCI hotline, and a link to any website authoring such content is shared, this portal will enable us to expedite the process of pulling down the unsuitable materials before they cause more damage to our children," she said.

"This is a particularly important time to make sure child sexual abuse on the internet is called out, wherever it is being shared, and this portal will play a huge role in making sure this can be done safely."You do not require any court order to pull down any material that exposes a child to sexual exploitation and abuse, whether copyrighted or not.

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