Subject: 🎁 Youth Wellbeing Project Wishes You Well!

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Hi Friend,

Celebrate with me as we end a turbulent year on a high!

2020 has been a year filled with challenges for everyone. Our team is constantly encouraged by your response to our resources, and we are honoured to journey alongside so many schools, parents and communities, both online and offline.

On the downside, the risks that online spaces pose to kids' safety has consistently made headlines this year. According to eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman-Grant—in Australia alone, from July to September, there was a 118 per cent increase in reports to their Cyber Report hotline, most of which involved child sexual abuse material. 

Never before have kids been more at risk online, so I take this opportunity to remind you of 0ur favourite Youth Wellbeing Project and P0rn Resilient Kids links. These are collated to help families and communities educate and keep kids safe from p0rn and hypersexualised harms. This risk is not going away any time soon and education is VITAL. Click through to see advice from the Australian Federal Police as they urge parents to keep children safe online these school holidays.

On the upside, we've made some inroads to address p0rn harms among key decision-makers. In Australia, we have been honoured to advocate for children this year with our research submission to the federal Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Inquiry, present at the public hearing, and provide subsequent follow-up evidence to our government. Another highlight was being invited to participate in the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Changing Futures series—as a result, we've connected with several significant organisations and have some very positive things on the horizon for 2021.

And globally, we are proud to be among 300+ organisations calling to shut down P0rnhub and hold its executives accountable for aiding trafficking. We are delighted to share that some key progress has been made with the 1.2+ million-strong #Traffickinghub movement following a December 4, 2020 New York Times article that exposed P0rnhub—the most frequented p0rn site on the internet—for it's atrocities. Below, I've included a list of articles and victories so that you can catch up on the news.

On a personal level, I am incredibly thankful for the global turning of the tide. As I've worked to educate everyone from politicians through to frontline workers through to young people themselves, each group responds differently based on their level of awareness. Some with shock that p0rn is so readily accessible by children, some with a knowing nod as see the fallout firsthand, and others with personal heartbreak as they resonate with a critical analysis. P0rn harms are extensive and impact many people in many different ways—for a long time, this work has felt like an uphill battle. Suffice to say, this public damnation of an industry that has taken so much from our children—and the rest of society—is well-overdue and VERY welcomed. There is still much to be done to educate and keep kids safe, but this is a big step in the right direction in terms of a global shift.

So on that positive note, myself and the Youth Wellbeing Project team wish you a peaceful and joyful holiday season!

Till next time, be well and stay inspired.
The unravelling of Big P0rn - P0rnhub and the Mindgeek Empire
  • December 4, 2020The Children of P0rnhub - Why does Canada allow this company to profit off videos of exploitation and assault?

We hold hope that this organised crime world crumbles and that the words of a p0rn industry blogger come to pass: if MindGeek goes down, “it could take most of the p0rn industry with it.”

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