Disrupting harm in South Africa
Evidence on online child sexual exploitation and abuse
Funded by the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, through its Safe Online initiative, ECPAT, INTERPOL, and UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti worked in partnership to design and implement Disrupting Harm – a research project focused on online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA). This unique partnership utilises a multi-disciplinary approach to explore all sides of this complex issue. OCSEA refers to situations that involve digital or communication technologies at some point during the continuum of abuse or exploitation; it can occur fully online or through a mix of online and in-person interactions between offenders and children. The Disrupting Harm research was conducted in seven Eastern and Southern African, including South Africa, and six Southeast Asian countries. Data was synthesised from nine different research activities to generate each national report. These tell the story of the threat and present clear recommendations for action.