September 16, 2013
WINNIPEG, MB: The numbers are staggering — in Canada, children account for approximately half of all victims of sexual assaults reported to the police. Internationally, approximately one million children are exploited by sex tourists and traffickers each year. This is why the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national charitable organization dedicated to the safety of all children, welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government of Canada about introducing new measures that will help better protect children against sexual exploitation both in Canada and abroad. The proposed amendments to Canadian law such as new notification requirements for offenders on the National Sex Offender Registry who travel outside of Canada, as well as better information-sharing measures between the police and border security to keep track of travelling sex offenders, will aid in the protection of children.
“The protection of children is all of our responsibility,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “As Canadians, our concern for the safety of children does not stop at our borders. We applaud the intention behind introducing the new legislation to take steps toward reducing the incidence of sexually exploited children everywhere.”
About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The goal of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (www.protectchildren.ca) is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. Its four national programs include Cybertip.ca (www.cybertip.ca), Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children; MissingKids.ca (www.missingkids.ca), a national missing children resource and response centre; Kids in the Know (www.kidsintheknow.ca), an interactive child personal safety program for children in Kindergarten to Grade Nine; and Commit to Kids (www.commit2kids.ca), a program to help child-serving organizations create safer environments for the children in their care and reduce their risk of sexual abuse.
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Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection