spidercatweb.blog

‘It’s an epidemic’: Child sex abuse survivor turns paedophile hunter to save kids from online predators

 

A child sex abuse survivor has made it her mission to save kids from online predators after her abuser was never brought to justice.

The 51-year-old mum and paedophile hunter, who wishes to protect her identity, set up United 4 The Kids two years ago after becoming involved with the group Rising Against Online Predators.

The group exists to expose the risk of online predators living amongst us in society.

They want to raise awareness of the modern-day dangers children face online, making parents aware of the dark web, and the risks closer to home on mainstream websites, chatrooms and phone apps.

Acting as a decoy, the courier, from West Lothian, ‘Polly’ spends her spare time posing as a 13-year-old girl on youth dating sites and chat rooms which she insists are a breeding ground for paedophiles.

And, like many paedo hunters, she is determined to get justice for the innocent victims after her own abuse hell that left her with a torrent of mental, physical and emotional scars that she battles with daily.

Polly told the East Kilbride News: “I’m a survivor. I was sexually assaulted by my uncle when I was between 12-and-15-years-old.

“The case didn’t go to court because he got killed in a road accident before I had the courage to tell anyone about the abuse.

“I remember dreading going anywhere near him. He groomed me by buying me juice and crisps and the abuse happened when he took me for walks.

“It took me 20 years to tell my mum what I went through so if I can stop another child going through that, it’s worth it.

“I missed out on getting justice so this is my way to get justice for other kids.”

United 4 The Kids are a team of five hunters, decoys, security and admin members – which includes Polly’s 22-year-old son. One of the other female hunters is also a survivor of child sexual abuse. Not exactly a motley crew of brutish men hoping to exact vigilante justice, but that’s because the group, they say, aren’t vigilantes.

They are sex abuse survivors, concerned parents, grandparents and members of society who feel let down by the system.

Hunters are the ones that often make social media headlines, leading ‘stings’ on individuals they have lured out from behind their computer screen to the streets. They are usually the ones in front of the camera asking measured questions of the accused that lead to them admitting their guilt live to the world via Facebook.

The hunters then call the police and ensure that the predator is taken safely into custody.

It’s a hard, dangerous and often thankless task but it is work they are happy to undertake, believing it to be their duty to their community.

“We are not vigilantes out to cause any harm, we simply want justice for people who have suffered at the hands of these predators”, Polly added.

“I didn’t realise just how many there were out there until I started doing this and they are getting younger – it’s an epidemic.

“Social media is the problem, making it easier to get access to kids online.

“It riles me how shockingly lenient the sentences are – because it’s happening online it’s not treated as a major crime.

“They’re given probation and community service for one of the worst crimes imaginable, when someone can get jail for stealing.

“Being placed on the sex offenders’ register is not enough of a deterrent. This is cruelty of the worst kind and it never leaves you.

“I’ve been lucky, but other victims can end up self harming or committing suicide. There needs to be harsher sentences for these predators.”

Public support for groups like the United 4 the Kids is undeniable, but is what they do universally appreciated?

It is clear when such groups post live videos of stings on Facebook, update the conviction on ‘caught’ section of their sites, that many in our

communities support what they do.

“Keep up the good work guys.”

“Shared and liked in Liverpool.”

“Be safe guys, you’re doing great work.”

These are all comments seen on United 4 the Kids posts.

But there are many who have raised concerns about whether public, social-based justice is the correct course of action. Is there more value to making sure perverts and paedophiles are put through the criminal justice system?

And does the action of such groups prejudice any potential criminal case against an accused?

One concern would be that any information put out on social media would be inadmissible in a court of law, or that any previously attained,

similar information would be corrupted by the actions of groups like United 4 the Kids.

East Kilbride Police Inspector Aidan Higgins said: “Child Protection is a priority for Police Scotland and we will robustly investigate child abuse

in all its forms, which increasingly includes online offending.

“Police Scotland will always respond when information is received that a child or young person maybe at risk of harm, with a focus on identifying and mitigating any risk posed.

“It’s understandable that people want to protect children from harm but we would ask them not to take the law into their own hands.

“Revealing the identity of suspected offenders can jeopardise the safety of individuals, their families and wider public.

“We want to reassure communities Police Scotland is fully committed to the investigation of child abuse using our resources locally and nationally to protect Scotland’s children.

“If you suspect someone may be abusing children online or offline then please contact the Police on 999 if you think there is immediate risk of harm, or 101.”

A spokeswoman for the Crown Office urged for any alleged criminality to be reported to the police.

She said: “Careful consideration will be given to any reports of alleged criminal conduct submitted by the police to the procurator fiscal.

“Prosecutorial action will be taken if the report contains sufficient, admissible evidence of a crime and it is in the public interest to do so.”

If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, contact police on 999 if you think the risk of harm is immediate.

Otherwise, call police on 101 or anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/its-epidemic-child-sex-abuse-16501139

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: