Online ‘sextortion’ complaints involving teen boys jump by 89% in 2 years: study

Child exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to in 2015-16 — an 89 per cent increase from the previous two-year period of 2013-2014. Reports involving girls jumped 66 per cent.

While 65 male victims may not seem like a large number, says Lianna McDonald executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, she explains that the jump clearly establishes that boys are increasingly at risk of online threats. She adds  “They’re so deeply humiliated about what’s about to happen and what they’ve done, they’re panicked and they’re not sure what to do.»

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