Post-Conference Press Release: Online Victimisation 2018

21 Jan, 2019

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.

SPEAKERS        

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                    

Conference facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/951612765043598/

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Conference Programme

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