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How to Report Sexual Exploitation on the Internet

If you are aware of a child at immediate risk of online sexual assault or exploitation, call 9-1-1 immediately or call the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6222 for help.

If you find child pornography online or become aware of an online incident which may involve the sexual exploitation of a child, report the offence to Cybertip!ca.

Cybertip!ca is Canada's national tipline for reporting online sexual exploitation of children and youth. The centre receives and assesses reports of online sexual exploitation, such as:

  • Child pornography
  • Luring
  • Child sex-tourism
  • Child prostitution
  • Child trafficking

Reports may be submitted to Cybertip!ca 24/7.

Reporting Procedure

There are several ways to file a report of child sexual exploitation on the Internet:

    On the Internet: http://www.cybertip.ca

    By Telephone: 1-866-658-9022

    By Fax: 1-204-948-2177

Comprehensive reporting forms can be completed online at Cybertip!ca.

What does Cybertip!ca do?

Cybertip!ca is staffed by experienced analysts who review, evaluate, verify and classify every complaint to determine which ones appear to violate Canadian law. When an apparently illegal act has been identified, Cybertip!ca forwards the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency for follow-up investigation. Cybertip!ca has a database that includes more than 250 law enforcement contacts across Canada that specializes in online sexual exploitation cases. Cybertip! is operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, further information on this centre is available at https://protectchildren.ca.

Does Reporting Make a Difference?

Cybertip!ca has received more than 52,000 reports since its inception in 2002. The majority of the complaints involve child pornography. Leads provided by Cybertip!ca have resulted in law enforcement agencies executing more than 70 arrests and numerous children being removed from abusive environments.

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Commit to Kids Program

Organizations looking for help protecting the children they serve now have an affordable resource at their fingertips.

Winnipeg child exploitation officers are encouraging child-serving organizations to employ Commit to Kids, a 10-step program that helps shape policy and procedures for preventing child abuse, in their daily practices.

The program is designed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which runs many child abuse prevention programs, as well as Cybertip!ca, where child exploitation can be reported online.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection director of education Noni Classen said the program opens people's eyes to the extent of child sexual abuse.

"Child sexual abuse is a bigger problem than people think and know about because the way it happens is in secrecy," Classen said, in the program DVD.

"Commit to Kids is a program designed that is meant to help organizations reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and create safe environments for children."

Youth organizations have been looking for more resources to fight child sexual abuse, officers said.

Two-thirds of the arrests by Winnipeg Police Child Exploitation officers last year were of people with no criminal record.

For $75, an organization receives a 212-page, easy-to-read Commit to Kids overview guide, an instructional DVD and a living PDF document of policy and procedures that organizations can develop with their own name and branding.

The Winnipeg Police encourages all organizations dealing with youth to use the program, partially or fully, in how they do business.

Parents are also encouraged to look into the program that will help them find organizations with policies in place to prevent abuse before entrusting their children in their care.

Child predators often prey on organizations that deal with kids.

The program points to research by Dr. David Finkelhor released in 2004, which says in 90% of child sexual abuse cases, the offender is known to and trusted by the child.

This program helps organizations deal with grey areas of misconduct and catch abuse before it happens.

Cybertip director Signy Arnason said Commit to Kids empowers organizations to prevent child sexual abuse.

"It's a tool kit to draw on to ensure child-serving organizations are doing everything they can to protect the kids who participate in their organization," Arnason said, of the Commit to Kids program that covers everything from hiring practices to codes of conduct for staff and volunteers.

"It gives adults a clear idea of their roles and responsibilities and a clear code of conduct tied to children," Arnason said, of identifying early signs of grooming.

"There is usually a process leading up to abuse. They haven't yet committed a crime but boundaries have been broken."

Over 10,000 Commit to Kids kits have been sent to child-serving organizations thanks to government funding.

There are ten steps to the program:

  1. Assess your organization
  2. Understand child sexual abuse
  3. Manage Risk
  4. Create a code of conduct
  5. Hire the right people
  6. Supervise and monitor
  7. Report abuse and misconduct
  8. Write policies and procedures
  9. Create your child protection manual
  10. Train everyone

For more information on the program, visit commit2kids.ca.


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Last update: March 8, 2012

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