Crime Prevention Cybertip!ca
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 sexual abuse imagery online or become aware of an online incident which may involve the sexual exploitation of a child, report the offence to Cybertip.ca – Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children and youth.
Cybertip.ca receives and addresses reports from the public regarding:
- Child pornography (child abuse images and material)
- Child sex-tourism
- Child prostitution
- Child trafficking
- Making sexually explicit material available to a child
- Agreement or arrangement with another person to commit a sexual offence against a child
- Non-Consensual distribution of intimate images (of an individual under 18 years of age)
More information on these incident types can be found on their website here
Reports may be submitted to Cybertip.ca via their website (https://www.cybertip.ca) or toll-free 24-hr line at 1-866-658-9022. Reporting persons have the option to remain anonymous when submitting a report.
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 (the Centre) – further information on the Centre is available at https://protectchildren.ca.
Does Reporting Make a Difference?
Cybertip.ca has received more than 182,000 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 500 arrests and numerous children being removed from abusive environments.
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Commit to Kids Program
The Commit to Kids program offers a comprehensive approach to preventing child sexual abuse in child-serving organizations, such as sport leagues, schools, childcare centres, music programs, recreations programs and services, etc. There are also resources available for parents, so together with the organization, adults can take an active, participatory role in protecting children in their care.
In Canada, one in 10 children experience child sexual abuse.
Child-serving organizations are at a greater risk of attracting employees or volunteers who may have a propensity to take advantage of opportunities to exploit/sexually abuse children. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection created Commit to Kids knowing within child-serving organizations people often rely on common sense rather than having established and well-communicated policies to protect children from sexual abuse. Often responsible adults fail to act even if they say they were noticing inappropriate behaviour because they were unsure what to do about it.
The Commit to Kids program empowers individuals with knowledge about what constitutes high-risk behaviour and situations, and how to confidently go about bringing forward concerns that don’t constitute abuse but are behaviours considered to be inappropriate or misconduct. The program includes tools to help organizations develop guidelines around professional boundaries for adults working with children. These guidelines help manage risk and promote the protection of children.
Through the Commit to Kids program participants also learn how to:
- Prevent child sexual abuse
- Evaluate and manage risk in the organization
- Decipher between concerns of misconduct and suspicions of child sexual abuse
- Understand the role boundaries play in child protection
- Establish guidelines for clear boundaries between adults and children
- Report misconduct and/or suspicions of child sexual abuse
- Develop policies and procedures to protect children
Commit to Kids’ professional development is far reaching, offering tailored resources for child-serving organizations, parents and law enforcement agencies. Training is now available in a convenient online format, as well as through printed materials and electronic sample policies, plans and reproducible forms that can easily be amended and used by organizations.
For more information visit www.commit2kids.ca
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