Christy’s Cause Releases New Public Service Announcement
05/12/2020

Christy’s Cause, a non-profit working to eradicate child sex trafficking and exploitation announced the release of a new public service announcement (PSA).

Online PR News – 12-May-2020 – Estero, FL – Christy’s Cause, a non-profit working to eradicate child sex trafficking and exploitation through education, public awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives, announced the release of a new public service announcement (PSA). The goal of the PSA is to bring awareness the potential increase risk of child exploitation due to school closings. Visit christyscause.com to view the PSA and find resources on how to keep kids safe.
“Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk,” said Christy Ivie, founder of Christy’s Cause. “With The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tip Line receiving over 18.4 million reports in 2018 related to child sexual abuse images, online enticement, sextortion, child sex trafficking and child sexual molestation, we have to be serious about engaging in age-appropriate conversations in order to educate and protect our children. Awareness plays a major role in prevention and intervention. The goal of our PSA is to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation.”
The PSA video, created by Old Sparky Productions, is available at http://www.christyscause.com, YouTube and social media networks. Christy’s Cause is looking for donors to sponsor TV airtime in an effort to get this vital message out to as many parents as possible.

On March 23, 2020 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) issued a warning due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. Due to this newly developing environment, the FBI is seeking to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse.
Online sexual exploitation comes in many forms. Individuals may coerce victims into providing sexually explicit images or videos of themselves, often in compliance with offenders’ threats to post the images publicly or send the images to victims’ friends and family.

Other offenders may make casual contact with children online, gain their trust, and introduce sexual conversation that increases over time. Ultimately this activity may result in maintaining an online relationship that includes sexual conversation and the exchange of illicit images, to eventually physically meeting the child in-person.

In order for the victimization to stop, children typically have to come forward to someone they trust—typically a parent, teacher, caregiver, or law enforcement. The embarrassment of being enticed and/or coerced to engage in unwanted behavior is what often prevents children from coming forward. Coming forward to help law enforcement identify offenders may prevent countless other incidents of sexual exploitation.

Parents and guardians can take the following measures to help educate and prevent children from becoming victims of child predators and sexual exploitation during this time:

• Talk with young children about body safety
• Keep the conversation going
• Teach internet safety
• Always know where your kids are
• Teach stranger danger
• Know the warning signs of sexual abuse and exploitation
Take your child’s phone immediately if you believe a predator has contacted them. Save the phone and images for law enforcement. Reporting suspected sexual exploitation can help minimize or stop further victimization, as well as lead to the identification and rescue of other possible victims. If you believe you are—or someone you know is—the victim of child sexual exploitation:
• Contact your local law enforcement agency
• Contact your local FBI field office or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov
• File a report with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-843-5678 or online at http://www.cybertipline.org

Visit christyscause.com for more resources and to read our detailed editorial in Parent and Child magazine, “How to talk to your kids about sex trafficking and exploitation.”

For more information about Christy’s Cause visit http://http://www.ChristysCause.com, email info@christyscause.com or follow Christy’s Cause on Facebook and Instagram.

About Christy’s Cause

Christy’s Cause, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization launched in Estero, Florida in 2015 that is working to eradicate child sex trafficking and exploitation through education, public awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives. Christy’s Cause collaborates with existing organizations who are providing services to victimized minors. Christy’s Cause works to educate and create awareness through trainings, speaking engagements, public service announcements, social media initiatives and community events. To effectively understand issues concerning the commercial sexual exploitation of children, Christy’s Cause stays informed and educated by networking with law enforcement, state agencies, educators, health professionals, and service providers. Christy’s Cause believes that as our community becomes more knowledgeable on the issues of sex trafficking and exploitation, we become more powerful in fighting against these epidemics.

For more information about Christy’s Cause visit http://http://www.ChristysCause.com, email info@christyscause.com or follow Christy’s Cause on Facebook and Instagram.