The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA-ICAC)

A child’s innocence can never be replaced.


The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA-ICAC) Task Force began in 1998 as one of the first ten ICAC task forces in the United States.  Originally called “Operation Blue Ridge Thunder,” the SOVA-ICAC Task Force has over 150 task force members and covers from far Southwest Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula on the Eastern Shore and as far north as Greene County.

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What To Look For

Often times, parents wonder what signs they should look out for, which may indicate their child is being sexually exploited. While no list is comprehensive, these are general signs that something may be affecting your child.

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“I never thought it would happen to my child…” We hear these words too often. No parent wants to believe their child will be victimized, but the reality is, your child has a very high chance of being exploited. Education is key, and it must be approached from two fronts – parental education and child education.

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There are many resources available to you to learn about online safety. Here are some resources for parents, children, teens, and teachers.

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There are several ways you can report actual or suspected child exploitation. First, if this is an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency reporting, you can contact your local law enforcement agency or the local law enforcement agency where you believe the offense has happened.

Key Statistics

The following stats were reported by all affiliates across the SOVA-ICAC Task Force for the year 2019:


Reported arrests


Reported child victims identified/rescued


Reported number of gigabytes examined for digital evidence

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