Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. It’s great to be here.
The International Association of Women Judges is an association of great ability, accomplishment and potential.
It’s a great privilege to be a part of your conference for the Asia Pacific Region.
Building on what today’s keynote speakers have covered in terms of pornography and child exploitation I will talk specifically about the sexual abuse of children online and New Zealand’s commitment to combatting this abhorrent crime through our membership to the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online.
It’s a sad fact that the majority of sexual abuse goes by unreported.
Last year alone, Child Youth and Family found 1355 children under the age of 17 were sexually abused in New Zealand.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates there are more than 4 million websites featuring victims who are children – some even including children younger than 2 years old.
While accurate statistics for this problem are hard to come by, one thing is certain – the digital age has drastically increased ways offenders access, disseminate and sell this criminal material.
The advancements of the 21st century mean people are living longer, healthier, more secure and productive lives. Individuals and communities also have more opportunities than ever before to engage, communicate and share information.
With these benefits comes responsibility – responsibility to use modern technology appropriately. Unfortunately these benefits are all too frequently misused and abused.