May 25th, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of Canada’s participation in International Missing Children’s Day. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is recognizing this important day by releasing preliminary findings from its report titled Abducted then Murdered Children: A Canadian Study. The purpose of the study is to better understand the demographics of these children and gain insights into the techniques and histories of the offenders – all in an effort to help identify additional prevention and intervention strategies in the area of abducted and murdered children.
While cases of abducted then murdered children are extremely rare, the impacts of such events on communities and the general public are significant. The apparent randomness and heinous nature of such crimes creates an atmosphere of fear and vulnerability, undermining the public’s sense of security.
The study, which is the first of its kind in Canada, examined 155 child victims and 93 offenders. It involved an environmental scan and examination of instances involving the abduction and subsequent murder of a child by someone other than the child’s parent or relative. Some key findings include:
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The information gleaned from this study underscores the importance of resources aimed at increasing the personal safety of children. To this end, the Canadian Centre has created a tip sheet for parents, Keeping Children Safe from Abduction.