ASACP CP Reporting Hotline Sees Sharply Increased Usage
LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2012) — The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP), announces a sobering increase in the recent usage of its CP Reporting Hotline.
Following an encouraging downward trend during the early part of 2012, layman reports of suspected child pornography received by the ASACP CP Reporting Hotline rose dramatically during the second quarter — fast eclipsing the 4890 monthly reports averaged during 2011.
The rate of increase is so sharp, that July’s report volume approximates the combined volume of January, February and March of this year, with more than 12,000 reports during the month.
The figures for the first half of 2012 include 4,836 reports in January; 3,972 in February; plus 4,036 in March; and 4,639 in April. The volume increased rapidly from there, recording 6,175 reports in May, followed by an alarming rise to 10,519 reports in June.
“The continued success of its CP Reporting Hotline is met with mixed emotions at ASACP,” the association’s Executive Director, Tim Henning, stated. “One the one hand, it illustrates our effectiveness at reaching concerned parties and providing a resource by which they can take action against these heinous sites.”
“On the other hand,” Henning added, “The sharp uptick in reports illustrates the immense scale and ongoing nature of this serious social problem, which affects all of society.”
Henning explains that ASACP analyzes these raw reports, passing confirmed “Red Flag” sites on to relevant law enforcement agencies around the world. This preliminary filtering process prevents legal teen and other legitimate sites from wasting law enforcement resources that are needed to combat illegal websites and is a process that is enabled by the association’s intimate view of today’s adult entertainment industry and the laws and technology that surround it.
“Finding illegal websites is like looking for a needle in a haystack,” Henning stated. “ASACP makes these virtual haystacks smaller, while shining a light on the nefarious needles within — protecting the needs of legitimate companies, as well as the welfare of children worldwide.”
For more information on how you or your company can become a part of the ASACP team and make a difference in the fight to protect children online, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1996, ASACP is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.
ASACP is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection and the ASACP Foundation. The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. ASACP manages a membership program that provides resources to companies in order to help them protect children online. The ASACP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The ASACP Foundation battles child pornography through its CP Reporting Hotline and helps parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) website label (www.rtalabel.org). ASACP has invested nearly 15 years in developing progressive programs to protect children, and its relationship in assisting the adult industry’s child protection efforts is unparalleled. For more information, visit www.asacp.org.