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Survivors of Sextortion and their Parents Share their Stories at Community Webinar

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT - The United States Attorney’s Office will convene a community webinar on Friday, September 18, 2020.  Speakers at the webinar will talk about Sextortion.  Sextortion is a type of online child exploitation where victims are coerced into providing sexually explicit images or videos often in compliance with a threat being made against them or their families. Sextortion crimes have been on the rise in recent years.  With children occupying their time with internet activities during the pandemic, this increases their vulnerability to being targeted. 

“The crime of sextortion begins on children’s smartphones, computers and other electronic devices,” stated United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.  "“Parents, please speak with your children about the dangers of chatting online so we can keep all of our children safe.  We hope this webinar will provide parents and children with helpful information so others don’t fall victim to this heinous crime.”

Join us for a webinar in which survivors of sextortion and their parents will share their experiences and advice.  The webinar will also include general information about sextortion and supporting victims in court.  Carol Todd and Dan Cojanu from the Canine Advocacy Program will both speak at the event.  Carol Todd’s story and website can be found here

Parents, teachers, students, law enforcement, and community leaders are encouraged to attend.

This event is free and open to the public. The meeting will take place on Friday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

To attend, please click on the following link   and type in Detroit313!   Attendance is limited to the first 1,000 users.

NOTE: This event is open press.


Updated September 17, 2020

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