Initiative to Support Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

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Understanding the Unique Needs of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

Through our role in operating – Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, the Canadian Centre has witnessed the proliferation of child sexual abuse material online. Our 2016 study, Child Sexual Abuse Images on the Internet: A Analysis, reinforces concerns about the scope and severity of child sexual abuse imagery. It highlights the need for additional solutions, including identifying more victims and ensuring those who are identified receive the specialized supports they require.

We are now starting to see the first generation of victims of child sexual abuse imagery whose abuse has been recorded and/or distributed online reach adulthood. To better understand the impacts of this crime, and to determine what policy, legislative and therapeutic changes are required to respond to the needs of these victims, we are conducting a survey of these victims.

A working group of international experts, co-chaired by the Canadian Centre and the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, has been set up to contribute knowledge and feedback into the development of the survey questions and design, as well as to collaborate on recommendations based on the survey results.

“As a victim of this most horrific form of child sexual exploitation I have felt alone, misunderstood and helpless. It is time for the world to understand child pornography and the unimaginable impacts it has on us, the victims. We need to find our voice to help those who wish to better understand and help us.”
– Victim of child sexual abuse whose images were distributed online

A victim of child sexual abuse whose images were distributed online speaks about sharing her story and the importance of having a voice.

Dr. Sharon Cooper, a developmental and forensic pediatrician, shares some of her thoughts on your potential participation in this survey.

If you have any questions about the survey or your potential participation, please contact us.