New Discovery+ Docuseries Highlights Child Advocate’s Fight to ‘Combat Online Sex Abuse’

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New Discovery+ Docuseries Highlights Child Advocate’s Fight to ‘Combat Online Sex Abuse’

By Movieguide® Staff

Safe from Online Sexual Abuse (SOSA) Founder Roo Powell will team up with law enforcement to stop child predators in Discovery+’s new docuseries, UNDERCOVER UNDERAGE.

“SOSA helps combat online sex abuse and exploitation in collaboration with and consultation from law enforcement. Using a variety of tactics — including studying offenders’ language and stratagem — SOSA identifies pockets of the internet where offenders target minors and reports information to various Internet Crimes Against Children task forces throughout the US,” SOSA’s website reads.

The six-part docuseries will follow Powell and her team as they work to identify suspects and offer insight on how child predators take advantage of minors online.

“Online sexual abuse and exploitation can happen quickly and quietly. A minor can be alone in their room and someone can be abusing them via their phone 2,000 miles away,” Powell said. “And complicating matters is the fact that this kind of abuse isn’t as well known, leaving a lot of kids and teens feeling confused, ashamed, and isolated. My hope is through broadening awareness with this show, we can prevent sex abuse and exploitation of children online, as well as empower parents and caregivers to be a compassionate support system for kids in their communities.”

“The online world can be a perilous space for children and we are so grateful for the work SOSA does to ensure that kids can feel, and be, safer on the internet, ” Jason Sarlanis, President of Crime and Investigative Content, added. “In Undercover Underage we embed with Roo and her team to offer a harrowing, first-hand look at how they operate. Their mission to expose the dangers lurking online is intense, dangerous, and critical… now more than ever. The realities they uncover are startling and the parents of every internet connected child need to watch this show.”

Exodus Cry founder Benji Nolot recently released a documentary feature highlighting how exposure to pornography harms children in both the short-term and long term.

Movieguide® previously reported:

Exodus Cry founder and CEO Benjamin Nolot is on the front lines of the fight to protect children from pornography and sexual exploitation.

“RAISED ON PORN really sounds an alarm about the public health crisis of childhood exposure to pornography and our pornographic internet age, media-saturated world,” he added. “It provokes people to want to take action to protect children. That’s where our campaign comes in, ‘Protect Children, Not Porn,’ which demands that age verification walls be put in place for every website that is hosting or distributing pornographic content that would include Twitter, big tech, big porn, Google.”

“We set out talking to a lot of sex buyers to get at the root of the demand of sex trafficking, and virtually all of them had a history of porn consumption since childhood,” he said. “We don’t come away from stories unchanged, especially ones that are so potent and knit directly to sexual arousal. It’s a potent cocktail.”

“If we want to reclaim what it means to be a man, a woman, a sexual being, in a healthy sense, we have to stem the tide of pornography,” he said. “There’s nothing healthy depicted in pornography. It is objectifying, dehumanizing sex that is meant to subjugate one person for the gratification of another.”