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Child Sexual Abuse Material Lawsuit (CSAM Lawsuit) Overview

TorHoerman Law is currently investigating legal action against social media companies for failing to address the growing issues of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) distributed and shared on their platforms.

You may qualify to file a Child Sexual Abuse Material Lawsuit (CSAM Lawsuit) if you or a loved one have been a victim of sexual exploitation, child sexual abuse, or the distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) through social media sites.


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Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation or use the chatbot on our site to see if you qualify to file a claim instantly.

Our legal team understands the trauma and difficulties victims of CSAM have suffered, and we’ll work hard to achieve justice for the harm caused.

Frequently Asked Questions

Victims of CSAM are minors of all ages and genders, targeted on social media sites by predators.

Studies completed with the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the International Center on Sexual Exploitation have identified data points on victims of CSAM distribution, finding the following:

  • Girls appear in the overwhelming majority of CSAM: almost 80% of CSAM reports involved girls.
  • Prepubescent children are more likely to be depicted in CSAM.
  • When boys are victimized, they are more likely to be subjected to very explicit or egregious abuse.
  • Boys depicted in CSAM are on average younger than girls depicted in CSAM.

These research studies are linked below:

The underage victims of CSAM face unique mental health effects and trauma that can last for years.

Conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, and other mental health problems could be exhibited by victims of sexual exploitation on the internet.

The impacts of sexual exploitation on the internet are far and wide, and there’s no telling the variety of tragic mental health effects that victims may experience from the distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and consistent re-victimization they may experience from the sharing of their sensitive images and videos.

CSAM victims and their families may be eligible to file a claim for a potential CSAM lawsuit against social media companies for their alleged knowledge of illegal activity on their sites, negligence, and lack of action to confront the issues with child porn, sexual exploitation, and CSAM more generally on their platforms.

TorHoerman Law attorneys are investigating and strategizing how to move forward with legal action to compensate victims and their families for the trauma they’ve endured.

When seeking legal representation for a CSAM claim, your attorney will help you with the following:

  1. Gathering evidence
  2. Assessing damages
  3. Determining liability

Gathering Evidence for a CSAM Lawsuit

The evidence in a potential CSAM lawsuit alleging negligence on behalf of social media companies may include the following:

  • Medical or psychological treatment records
  • Personal testimony
  • Witness testimony
  • Physical proof of distribution
  • Technological evidence (social media accounts, messages, etc.)

Damages in a CSAM Lawsuit

Damages in a civil lawsuit refer to any losses, economic or non-economic, incurred as the result of negligence or wrongdoing.

Damages in a CSAM Lawsuit may include the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Therapy costs
  • Future medical/therapy costs
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Determining Liability in a CSAM Lawsuit

Though acts related to distribution of child porn, child sexual abuse materials, sex trafficking, and sexual exploitation more generally result in criminal charges, the negligence of a social media website will be dealt with in civil court.

CSAM claims filed with our law firm will aim to hold social media companies and other related defendants accountable for allowing the distribution of child sexual abuse material on their platforms.

These defendants may include Facebook (Meta), Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media company that has facilitated the distribution of child sexual abuse material.

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What is Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)?

Child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a type of child pornography that refers to images or videos depicting sexual exploitation and abuse of children shared online.

In the United States, federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor less than 18 years old.

However, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) chooses to define material shared online as CSAM.

CSAM not only documents a victim’s trauma, but re-victimizes them every time the content is shared.

Child Sexual Abuse Materials and Social Media: A Glaring Issue

Child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is unfortunately finding a home on some of the most popular social media sites.

Facebook and Instagram, in particular, are a few of the main platforms that predators use to distribute and share this content.

Facebook (Meta) has acknowledged the issue with CSAM on their platforms, publishing a research study that analyzes CSAM offenders and their communities.

While the company has addressed the issue, they have done little to halt this illegal activity.

While the crimes committed by users, in terms of sharing and distributing CSAM, can face justice in a criminal court, legal action against these social media companies is being considered for harboring the content and doing little to halt the illegal activity on their platforms.

CSAM distribution is a heinous crime, and social media companies cannot continue to sweep this issue under the rug.

It’s time for them to be held accountable.

Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) Lawsuits

Recently, there has been an interest in filing child sexual abuse material lawsuits against companies like Facebook and Instagram.

These claims allege that social media companies have been negligently facilitating the distribution of CSAM by failing to take adequate measures to prevent it from being shared on their platforms.

While these lawsuits are still being investigated, they highlight the serious harm that CSAM can cause to child victims and the need for responsible tech companies to do more to protect them.

Efforts to Prevent and Report CSAM on Social Media Sites

Despite the efforts of law enforcement and child protection organizations, the distribution of child pornography and child sexual abuse material (CSAM) remains a serious problem.

The ease with which social media platforms can be used to share images and videos has made it difficult to track and prosecute those who engage in this illegal activity.

Furthermore, the legally-protected status of free speech has made it easier for platform providers to evade responsibility for the content posted on their sites.

As a result, many child predators have been able to evade detection and continue to exploit children.

One way that advocates and victims may be able to fight back is by filing lawsuits against social media companies that allow CSAM to be distributed on their platforms.

These potential lawsuits are designed to hold these companies accountable and force them to take measures to prevent child sexual abuse.

Additionally, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children operates a CyberTipline that allows members of the public to report instances of child pornography and CSAM.

This information is then passed on to law enforcement agencies so that those responsible can be brought to justice.

While the fight against child sexual abuse is far from over, these efforts are helping to make progress in preventing the distribution of CSAM.

Resources for Victims of CSAM

Victims and their families are not alone in their fight to keep CSAM off of social media and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

Below are resources available victims of CSAM and their families:

As awareness on CSAM distribution increases, more resources and help will become available for victims and their families.

NCMEC is in the process of forming a team of mental health therapists and guidance counselors, as well as guidance for legal experts interested in securing restitution for victims.

TorHoerman Law CSAM Lawyers: Accepting Clients for CSAM Lawsuit Claims

TorHoerman Law represents victims harmed at no fault of their own.

We’ve secured over $4 billion in compensation for our clients, and we’ll stop at nothing to ensure that all relevant defendants are found liable for the harm they’ve caused.

CSAM claims are tragic, and victims of CSAM distribution have had to live with the unacceptable re-victimization and sharing of their images and videos on the internet.

Our attorneys aim to put a halt to this and hold social media companies and any other relevant defendants accountable for their actions and inaction.

If you or a loved one are directly impacted by the distribution of CSAM on social media sites, contact TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation case consultation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify for a claim instantly.

Our team of expert attorneys promise to keep your information safe and secure, and we will treat your claim with the utmost care and respect it deserves.

Our goal is to protect children and their families, and to secure rightful compensation for any harm incurred.

Tor Hoerman

Tor Hoerman

Owner & Attorney - TorHoerman Law


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