Eliminating child abuse images

We are committed to eliminating unlawful sexual images of minors, also known as child sexual abuse material (CSAM), child sexual exploitation material (CSEM), or child pornography. But unlike other groups, we don’t believe that this can be done through law enforcement or technology alone. As a human problem, we have to take account of the humanity of its perpetrators and to offer a nuanced solution that addresses them in their complexity.

Technological tools and mental health support for potential perpetrators of image abuse are complementary interventions. Here’s how Prostasia is working on eliminating the use of abuse images, and how you can help.

Technology: scanning for unlawful images in Rocketchat chat groups

We provide a unique open source solution for administrators of Rocketchat chat groups, to enable them to scan for and quarantine known unlawful images automatically. The GitHub repository for this software is available below.

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This RocketchatApp validates uploaded images against the Microsoft PhotoDNA cloud service and quarantines those identified as child abuse images (child pornography or CSEM).

Support for mental wellness: MAP Support Club

Prostasia Foundation is the institutional partner of a peer-support group called MAP Support Chat, which is dedicated to providing a safe space for those who have unchosen sexual feelings that can lead towards the use of unlawful images of minors. MAP Support Club also provides access to professional support that can reduce offending behavior, and harm to self or others. Our Rocketchat CSAM scanning tool is utilized in MAP Support Club, for which it was originally developed.

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We are committed to eliminating unlawful sexual images of minors, also known as child sexual abuse material (CSAM), child sexual exploitation material (CSEM), or child pornography. But unlike other groups, we don’t believe that this can be done through law enforcement or technology alone. As a human problem, we have to take account of the humanity of its perpetrators and …


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