May 25, 2016
For Immediate Release
Winnipeg, MB: As Canada marks its 30th year of participation in International Missing Children’s Day, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) is marking this important day by releasing preliminary results from a new study: Abducted then Murdered Children: A Canadian Study.
Over the last several years, the Canadian Centre has closely examined 147 instances between 1970 and 2010 involving child victims aged 16 and younger who were abducted then murdered. The purpose of the study is to better understand the demographics around 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.
“This study, which focuses on Canada’s abducted then murdered children, is the first of this magnitude in Canada,” said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “While we know that cases of child abduction that end in murder are extremely rare, the impacts of these events on communities and the general public are significant. We hope that the stories of the children in this project will serve to educate and to remind us all of the inherent vulnerability of children and why we must do more to stop offenders who wish to exploit that vulnerability.“
“This study offers critical education and lends itself to prevention tools that can be very useful to families, educators, the parole system, law enforcement and the justice system in developing programs and policies,” said Lesley Parrott, whose daughter Alison was abducted in July 1986 and later found murdered. “It’s important to acknowledge and reinforce that for children to be abducted and murdered by a stranger in Canada is a rare occurrence. However, there is some very interesting and concrete learning to be had in evaluating these cases.”
For more information please contact:
Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Anyone with information about a missing child is urged to contact MissingKids.ca 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-KID-TIPS (1-866-543-8477) or police. Tips can also be submitted online at www.missingkids.ca. All information can be shared confidentially.
About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety and protection of children. Our goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, to assist in the location of missing children and to prevent child victimization.
About International Missing Children’s Day: May 25th was proclaimed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan as Missing Children’s Day in 1983 following the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz on May 25, 1979 from New York City. Solicitor General Perrin Beatty, first declared Canada’s participation in Missing Children’s Day in 1986. International Missing Children’s Day is now recognized throughout North America and Europe as an annual reminder to make child protection a priority and renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families.