RIF’s $77K grant aids Day One in fighting child porn, sexual exploitation

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a $77,000 grant to Day One to aid its efforts to prevent sexual exploitation of children, allowing a more effective response to what it describes as a growing number of child pornography arrests in the state.

“In looking at the numbers, it is evident that a coordinated awareness effort is needed to combat not only the problem but also the misconceptions and misinformation regarding child pornography,” said Peg Langhammer, executive director of Day One.

Based on the 1,418 complaints the R.I. State Police Internet Crimes Against Children division received and the 256 arrests it made between 2015 and 2017, child pornography and sexual exploitation is a problem that must be addressed, Day One said.

 

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Day One will use the grant money to:

  • Launch a child pornography protocol and training curriculum statewide
  • Implement child pornography programming and assessment and evaluation of ongoing Children’s Advocacy Center, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and Child Pornography protocols and data collection
  • Integrate Children’s Advocacy Center, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and Child Pornography services internally and within statewide systems
  • Continue developing best practices and prevention strategies for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and Child Pornography, including research and collaboration with local, regional and national partners

“Trafficking has serious consequences for the health, well-being and future of its young victims. Taking on exploitation will produce a lifetime of benefits to the children, their families and society as a whole,” said Neil D. Steinberg, Rhode Island Foundation president and CEO.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.