Our network of attorneys is investigating the claims of sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse material on social media sites.
If you or a loved one have been victim of distributed child sexual abuse materials, you may qualify to file a claim.
Contact us for a free consultation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify instantly.
We firmly stand with the victims of sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse materials, and we’ll stop at nothing to achieve justice for victims.
What is Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)?
Child sexual abuse material (CSAM) refers to images or videos depicting sexual exploitation and abuse of children shared online.
United States federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor less than 18 years old. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) chooses to define material shared online as CSAM.
CSAM not only documents a victim’s trauma, but re-victimizes them when the content is shared time and time again.
CSAM and Social Media
CSAM is shared on the most popular social media sites, and Facebook and Instagram are the main avenues for this disturbing and illegal activity to be shared.
Facebook (Meta) has even published a research study profiling CSAM offenders, yet does little to take accountability for the fact that CSAM is regularly posted on their platforms in an unmitigated fashion.
While the crimes committed by users, in terms of sharing and distributing CSAM, can face justice in a criminal court, legal action against these social media companies is being considered for harboring the content and doing little to halt the illegal activity on their platforms.
Who are the Victims of CSAM?
The victims of CSAM are minors of all genders and ages.
There have been two major research studies completed in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) Database that outline generally who victims are and the trauma they’ve suffered:
- Production and Active Trading of Child Sexual Exploitation Images Depicting Identified Victims (March 2018)
- Towards a Global Indicator on Unidentified Victims in Child Sexual Exploitation Material (March 2018)
These studies have deduced the following from the data gathered:
- Girls appear in the overwhelming majority of CSAM: almost 80% of CSAM reports involved girls.
- Prepubescent children are more likely to be depicted in CSAM.
- When boys are victimized, they are more likely to be subjected to very explicit or egregious abuse.
- Boys depicted in CSAM are on average younger than girls depicted in CSAM.
CSAM Victim Injuries
Victims of CSAM distribution have been traumatized and exploited in unimaginable ways. The effects of this exploitation present themselves in emotional distress, re-victimization as images are shared and posted, and lifelong mental impacts.
The injuries and conditions resulting in CSAM distribution are various and tragic. Children have a right to feel safe and secure on and off the internet, and those who are at fault for their suffering deserve swift and effective punishment.
Child Sexual Abuse Material (C-SAM) Lawsuits
Our network of attorneys is currently investigating how to move forward with legal action against those responsible for distributing child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
If you or a loved one is a victim of child sexually abusive material or child pornography distributed on social media sites, you may qualify for a claim.
Contact us for a free consultation or use the chatbot on our website to see if you qualify instantly. Our goal is to protect children and hold those at-fault liable for the trauma and damage they have caused.
Instagram & Facebook (Meta) Lawsuit
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and its parent company Facebook (Meta) is even larger.
Facebook’s alleged knowledge of harmful material posted on their platforms (Instagram included) have prompted legal action on behalf of children and teens suffering from mental health problems relating to excessive social media use.
This aforementioned legal action goes hand-in-hand with our work to hold the social media giant accountable for the sexual exploitation of children that routinely occurs on their platforms en masse.
Preventing and Reporting CSAM
Preventing the distribution of child pornography and CSAM generally has been difficult. With the variety of social media platforms available, and the “democratizing” of free speech by these sites, it’s been difficult for investigators and advocate groups to stifle the networks of child predators.
Social media companies have also put measures in place to evade responsibility for the content posted on their sites: Facebook has pursued plans to encrypt their platforms, reducing the liability for reporting CSAM.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have made it their mission to track and report people who distributed child pornography and CSAM to the police and other relevant law enforcement agencies through their CyberTipline.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have seen a 15,000% increase in reports in the past 15 years.
CSAM Victim Resources
There are a number of resources for victims of CSAM to seek help and guidance. Below is a list of resources for victims and their guardians:
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Missingkids.org’s hotline for CSAM victims
- The National Children’s Alliance Resource Center
- The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children’s resource guide
CSAM Lawsuit: CSAM Victims Against Social Media Companies
TruLaw is investigating the claims against social media companies and is accepting clients for CSAM Lawsuits.
We understand the serious and sensitive nature of CSAM cases, and we promise to fight hard for rightful compensation for the trauma you’ve endured.
Do I Qualify for a CSAM Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have experienced the effects of CSAM distribution, sexual exploitation or sex trafficking on the internet or social media platforms, you may qualify to file a claim.
Hiring a Lawyer and Filing a CSAM Lawsuit
An experienced attorney and law firm will be able to handle your claim and strategize how to move forward with legal action against the defendant or defendants.
A lawyer will help you to gather evidence, assess damages, and determine liability.
Evidence in a CSAM lawsuit will be highly sensitive and disturbing, and will include any and all materials related to the victim’s trauma and exploitation.
Evidence in a CSAM lawsuit may include the following:
- Medical or psychological treatment records
- Personal testimony and witness testimony
- Physical proof of distribution
- Technological evidence
Damages refer to all costs associated with an injury or trauma, both economic and non-economic.
Damages in a CSAM lawsuit may include the following:
- Medical costs
- Therapy costs
- Future medical/therapy costs
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Liability for a CSAM lawsuit may fall on multiple parties. If those who distributed child pornography on social media can be identified, they can face criminal charges and a prison sentence for their actions.
In terms of a civil lawsuit alleging that social media companies knew about abuse on their platforms and did not do their part in stopping it, they could be found liable in a court of law.
TruLaw: Social Media Mental Health Attorneys Representing CSAM Victims
TruLaw attorneys are investigating the allegations against social media companies for their part in failing to protect children from sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, distribution of child sexually abusive material (CSAM), and any other alleged harm they may be found liable for.
We will stop at nothing to hold those at fault liable for their actions and inaction and bring justice to victims and their families.
Contact us for a free consultation or use the chatbot on our site to see if you qualify for a claim instantly.