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ATTORNEY GENERAL VAN HOLLEN LAUNCHES NEW PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN WARNING PARENTS OF DANGER OF INTERNET PREDATORS

 

Thirty Second Television and Radio Spots To Air Over Next Four Weeks As Part of Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Public Education Program

 

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a new public education campaign warning parents about the danger of online sex predators today at a press conference held in the State Capitol. The public education campaign involves the airing of television and radio spots throughout Wisconsin in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Public Education Program. The campaign supplements the Department of Justice's ongoing efforts to educate communities, parents, and children about the dangers of online predators.

 

According to Van Hollen, there are over 15,000 internet protocol addresses in Wisconsin containing and offering to distribute known images of child pornography. One in seven children are asked by an adult online to engage in sexual activities, sexual talk, or provide personal sexual information.

 

The Attorney General has placed a priority on law enforcement's proactive response to the growing problem of internet crimes against children. To that end, the Attorney General has directed a 67% increase in the number of special agents assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force within the Division of Criminal Investigation and will also be bringing on board additional computer forensic analysts to support investigations and prosecutions of Internet Crimes Against Children. In addition to expanding investigative capacity internally, Van Hollen and the Department of Justice have continued to add additional local affiliates to the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force. The number of local law enforcement partners to the Department of Justice's ICAC Task Force has more than doubled to 53 in the past year. A list of affiliates is included below.

 

Although the Department of Justice has continued to strengthen its investigative capacity, Van Hollen says that internet safety begins at home. The new public education campaign is designed to encourage parents to more actively engage their children and watch their children's online behavior. The danger of victimization, physical violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and mental health implications require parents to continue the dialogue with their children and monitor activities both on- and off-line, Van Hollen said. This public education program highlights this necessity.

 

To see the new television spots and to hear the radio spots, please visit the Department of Justice's home page at http://www.doj.state.wi.us/. The website also contains additional information about the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit.

 

Additional information about the Wisconsin Broadcasters Associations Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcement/Public Education Program is available at http://www.wi-broadcasters.org/.

 

A description of the investigative activities of the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is detailed in a May 2007 Department of Justice report, Internet Crimes Against Children, Priority Needs For Our Top Priority: Kids. That report is available at here.

 

Internet Crimes Against Children
Affiliate List (March 12, 2008)

 

Altoona Police Department
Ashland County Sheriff's Office
Ashland Police Department
Brown County Sheriff's Office
Buffalo County Sheriff's Department
Burnett County Sheriff's Office
Campbell Police Department
Clark County Sheriff's Department
Cross Plains Police Department
Dane County Sheriff's Department
Door County Sheriff's Department
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office
Eau Claire Police Department
Florence County Sheriff's Office
Fond du Lac Police Department
Germantown Police Department
Green Bay Police Department
Hartland (Village of)
Holmen Police Department
Janesville Police Department
Juneau County Sheriff's Office
Kewaunee County Sheriff's Office
LaCrosse Police Department
Lake Mills Police Department
Menasha Police Department
Menomonee Falls Police Department
Middleton Police Department
Milwaukee Police Department
Neenah Police Department
New Holstein Police Department
New London Police Department
North Fond du Lac Police Department
Oconomowoc Police Department
Onalaska Police Department
Oneida Police Department
Oshkosh Police Department
Portage County Sheriff's Office
Rice Lake Police Department
Sauk Prairie Police Department
Shawano County Sheriff's Office
Sheboygan Police Department
Shelby Police Department
St. Croix County Sheriff's Office
Sturgeon Bay Police Department
Superior Police Department
Taylor County Sheriff's Office
Two Rivers Police Department
Waukesha County Sheriff's Office
Wausau Police Department
West Bend Police Department
West Salem Police Department
Wood County Sheriff's Office