It isn’t very often that a Hollywood star speaks out about the realities of child pornography during an awards ceremony. Blake Lively did just that for a surprising eight minutes during Variety’s Power of Women: New York on Friday. As an honoree, she spoke in support of Child Rescue Coalition, which finds and exposes IP addresses of producers and viewers of online child exploitation.
She touches on her experience when a law enforcement officer gave her the devastating details.
“I was afraid to ask as a mother, you know, because it would be painful to hear, and I felt like I had to ask though, and I feel like I have to share it with you guys now. It is disturbing and I want to warn you, but I feel that it is my responsibility to tell you guys because it is the truth and I believe that if we all knew this, we would dedicate much more of ourselves to stopping it.”
“It isn’t happening rarely, it’s not happening worlds away, it’s happening here and right now.”
Here are some of the hard facts she mentions:
There are 30-50 million files traded on the net per day.
Only 10% of children speak up when abused.
The average abuser abuses between 50 and 100 children in their lifetime.
Lively raises a call to action, hoping big names can work to expose this industry together.
We commend Child Rescue Coalition for their influential role in assisting law enforcement to expose this evil, and we admire Blake Lively for using her voice to help more people understand what can and needs to be done to stop it.
Because of technology today, child exploitation unfortunately has no boundaries. What will we do to stop it?
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