Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic

Sextortion - The Hidden Pandemic

SCI, in partnership with the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) and the USC Cinema School, hosted a screening of, Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic, a documentary film from Auroris Media. Sextortion made its premiere at the 2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival as part of the Social Justice Feature Documentaries. It tackles a disturbing yet timely subject matter and is an investigation into the world of online grooming and sextortion—a present-day reality for many children online.

Through partnerships with Million Kids and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the filmmaking team had unique, unrestricted access to all government documents for an international sextortion case of a Top Gun pilot with hundreds of victims, unsealed for this film for the first time.

By interviewing survivors and their parents, this true crime piece exposes this fastest-growing crime against children, the tactics of online predators, and the voices of parents and law enforcement poised to stop online child exploitation in its tracks. For more information, visit and Check out the post-screening group discussion in the recording below.

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