Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Light A Candle To Save Children

The innocent victims of Internet child abuse cannot speak for themselves.

But you can.

The Light A Million Candles campaign is not asking for your money. They are asking you to light a candle of support for chidlren.

The more candles we light, the more powerful our voice becomes.

'Light A Million Candles' is a campaign to raise awareness of the problem of online child pornography. The goal is to gather as many signatures in a virtual petition to challenge financial institutions, governments, payment organisations, Internet service providers, technology companies and law enforcement agencies to work together to eradicate the commercial viability of child pornography by 2008.

The campaign was launched two months with the objective of lighting the first million candles in less than four months. Thanks to worldwide support, this was achieved in less than 60 days.

Today, over 1,200,000 candles have been lit and the campaign continues to gain momentum.

Who is behind this?

'Light A Million Candles' was developed by a group of volunteers in Singapore led by Standard Chartered Bank, in support of the work of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography.

Twenty-three of the world's most prominent financial institutions and Internet industry leaders joined with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and its sister organisation, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) in the fight against Internet child pornography. The Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography includes leading banks, credit card companies, third party payment companies and Internet services companies.

What More Can You Do?

You can help by further raising awareness in your country of this problem. Tell your friends, relatives and colleagues to light a candle.

If members of the public have knowledge of a child pornography website they are encouraged to report it immediately to the CyberTipline managed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (www.cybertipline.com 1-800-843-5678). Citizens outside the United States can call the CyberTipline or can contact any number of hotlines around the world.

To learn more about these hotlines, visit the website of the International Association of Internet Hotline (INHOPE) at www.inhope.org.

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