For Immediate Release
September 20, 2011
Winnipeg, MB: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection today said that two of the federal government's proposed amendments to the Criminal Code would be effective tools to help police take
swift action and potentially prevent a child from being victimized.
Under the federal government's Better Protecting Children and Youth from Sexual Predators legislation, two proposed amendments to the Criminal Code would make it an offence for anyone to provide sexually explicit material to a child for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a sexual offence against that child, and would make it illegal to use any means of telecommunications to agree or make arrangements with another person for the purpose of committing a sexual offence against a child.
"While these two offences are not currently specific reporting categories at Cybertip.ca, a quick review of reports to the tipline from the last year alone reveals there were at least 20 reports tied specifically to these two areas," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "The fact that the tipline is receiving related reports demonstrates that action is warranted."
McDonald pointed out that as a result of Canada's recent luring legislation countless children have been protected in advance of a serious sexual offence from occurring. With the addition of these two new offences, countless more can be protected as well.
"In today's society, children and youth are connected to a technological world that allows unprecedented access to them - and this largely unsupervised playground has opened the doors for adults to take advantage of them," said McDonald. "These two new provisions are necessary and would greatly assist police in their efforts to charge individuals and better protect Canada's children."
Cybertip.ca is owned and operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection - one of Canada's leading children's charities dedicated to the personal safety of children. Since launching nationally, Cybertip.ca has received more than 53,000 child sexual exploitation reports that resulted in at least 78 arrests and numerous children removed from abusive environments.
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