Following the issuance of the LEAGUE project's press release on June 9, 2022, the Law and Internet Foundation (LIF) is pleased to provide an in-depth update on the project's recent developments. The LEAGUE project, funded by the CERV programme of the European Commission and coordinated by LIF, is dedicated to combating the escalating issue of online child sexual abuse (OCSA), with a specific focus on boys aged 10-18.

Since its inception, the LEAGUE project has been unwavering in its commitment to addressing OCSA through a multifaceted approach. With the participation of five organizations from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia, the consortium has been diligently working towards its objectives.

In line with the press release, the LEAGUE project is actively engaged in the development of national and international training programs aimed at educating professionals, parents, and educators on the complexities of OCSA. These training sessions, designed to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and best practices, are integral to building capacity and fostering a proactive response to OCSA within communities.

Additionally, the LEAGUE project is making significant strides in the creation of an online platform and chatbot tailored to provide peer-to-peer support for boys aged 10-18. This innovative initiative aims to empower boys to seek information and assistance related to OCSA in a safe and accessible manner, fostering a supportive online environment.

The LEAGUE project's press release underscores the critical importance of addressing OCSA, particularly in the context of increased internet usage among children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. As highlighted by international organizations such as INTERPOL, ECPAT International, and UNICEF, the prevalence of OCSA underscores the urgent need for proactive measures and targeted interventions.

With a focus on boys aged 10-18, the LEAGUE project acknowledges the unique challenges faced by this demographic in reporting and seeking support for OCSA incidents. By centering its efforts on this underserved population, the LEAGUE project aims to bridge existing gaps in support services and empower boys to assert their rights and well-being.

For further information and to access the LEAGUE project's press release, please visit the project website: Stay informed and join us in our mission to safeguard children and adolescents from the scourge of online child sexual abuse.