Researchers from the Department of Medicine collaborate with the European STOP-CSAM programme to prevent child sexual abuse

The project is funded by the European Commission and its main objective is to contribute to the prevention of sexual violence against children and adolescents at an international level through a free anonymous chat therapy service aimed at consumers of these materials

With the aim of addressing the problem of child sexual abuse by way of prevention, the STOP-CSAM project (Scalable Technology for Online Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse Material) is an important initiative in the fight against this socially pertinent problem.  For its implementation within Spain, the programme has the collaboration of researchers from the Department of Medicine of the University. Forensic psychiatrist and deputy director of the Department of Medicine, Esperanza Gomez-Duran, forensic psychologist Thuy Nguyen Vo, psychologist and research manager Carlos Garcia Forero, and bioinformatics and biostatistics technician Berta Franch, all researchers, are currently involved.

International studies have shown a significant decrease in the use of child sexual abuse material in those receiving therapeutic help. For this reason, the STOP-CSAM project focuses on this new strategy, which consists of the prevention of child sexual abuse through treating the behaviour of those who show a sexual interest in children and/or adolescents to reduce the proliferation and use of images of sexual abuse of minors. Accordingly, one of the most important initiatives of the project is the creation of an interactive, anonymous, free and confidential chat managed by highly qualified therapists and aimed at people who consume material with sexual exploitation of children. 

The project is led by Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (University Hospital Charité Berlin) and along with the collaboration of UIC Barcelona also has the participation of specialised institutions from the Czech Republic, Portugal and Germany.

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