Post-Conference Press Release 2018
WHO Victim Support Europe
WHAT Victim Support Europe have organised a conference “Online Victimisation: Developing a Comprehensive Response”, hosted at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union.
WHEN Wednesday, 12 December 2018, from 8:30 am to 13.30 pm
WHERE The Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, address: Rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 77
WHY In an era where cybercrime is increasing internationally, making millions of European victims, Victim Support Europe deemed it necessary to raise awareness about how victims of online crime could be better protected and supported. The Conference provides a unique opportunity to address the most active issues related to cybercrime. Recognising that the focus is primarily on prevention, security and pursuit of criminals, the conference will place a spotlight on what happens to the victims after the crime, what they need and how to support them.
WHAT The first part of the meeting highlighted the initiatives taken by The Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission, EUROPOL on the criminal’s approach to targeting children and Osborne Clarke International Legal Practice on responding to online fraud. The conference shed light on the different forms of Cybercrime, the vulnerabilities of people with intellectual disabilities to Cybercrime and the need and availability of support for victims.
The conference gave the floor to the victims of cyberbullying to share their poignant testimonies unveiling the challenges, needs and ideas for change. Victim Support organisations, Weisser Ring German and Plena Inclusion shared their work responding to the particular needs of victims of Cybercrime. Co-founder of the MetooEP campaign spoke on the perception of cybercrime against women and changing reactions.
A varied group of speakers, from victims to policy makers, tech companies and practitioners, provided a comprehensive analysis of the problem of cybercrime and its impact on victims. It pointed to the role the EU, businesses and support organisations must play in supporting victims of cybercrime and the initiatives that are currently taken.
João Lázaro: President, Victim Support Europe
Helgard van Huellen: Vice President, Victim Support Europe
Levent Altan: Executive Director, Victim Support Europe
Cathal Delaney: Europol
Graham Willmott: Head of Unit Cybercrime, DG HOME
Laurens Dauwe: Osborne Clarke International Legal Practice
Patricia Le Cocq: Myria, Federal Migration Centre and Independent National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking (Belgium)
Estefanía Sancho Muñoz: Representative of Plena Inclusión Aragón on the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities
Céline Sturm: Weisser Ring German
Denton Howard: Executive Director, INHOPE
Pia Micallef: Co-founder of the MetooEP campaign
Available for interview
Maria Teresa Giglio: Tiziana Cantone’s Mother, victim of non-consensual image sharing
Philip Adlem: Experience of online harassment as an LGBTI person
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|08:30 – 09:00||Registration|
|09:00 – 09:30||Welcome and Intros
Welcome note: Barbara Schretter, Director of the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU
Welcome note: Chair of Event, João Lázaro President, Victim Support Europe
Graham Willmott, Head of Unit Cybercrime, DG HOME – Trends in cybercrime and future EU action
Philip Adlem, Victim of Cyber hate crime – Experience of online harassment as an LGBTI person
|09:30 – 10:30
|Understanding the criminal approach to improve our safety
Cathal Delaney, Team Leader for Combating Child Sexual Abuse Online and Related Crimes at EUROPOL – The criminal’s approach to targeting children
Laurens Dauwe, Osborne Clarke International Legal Practice – Responding to online fraud – from investigation to company and individual action
|10:30 – 11:30
|What makes us vulnerable to cybercrime – who are the criminals targets and why
Patricia Le Cocq, Myria, Federal Migration Centre and Independent National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking – What makes a person vulnerable to trafficking?
Estefanía Sancho Muñoz, Plena Inclusion Aragón – The perspective of people with intellectual disabilities
|11:30 – 11:45||Coffee break|
|11:45 – 12:45||How we can reduce risks online and support victims
Céline Sturm, Weisser Ring Germany – Supporting victims of cybercrime
Denton Howard, Executive Director, INHOPE – Removing illegal content on the internet
|12:45 – 13:15||Changing public perception and response to cybercrime
Pia Micallef, Co-founder of the MetooEP campaign – The perception of cybercrime against women and changing reactions
Maria Teresa Giglio, Mother of Tiziana Cantone, Victim of non-consensual image sharing
|13:15 – 13:30||Closing remarks
Helgard van Huellen, Vice President, Victim Support Europe