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Teatree Tells: A kit to help educators and parents prevent child sexual abuse
Ottawa, ON: On the heels of the nationwide child pornography arrests announced this morning, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has responded with resources to help Canadians deal with the enormity of the investigation and its implication for children.
"Child pornography is child sexual abuse. The scope and size of this investigation underscores the importance of educating Canadian parents and those who work with children on this serious issue. Canadians are going to want answers on how to prevent child sexual abuse from happening, and we want them to know that our agency is here to help," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
Cybertip.ca, which is operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, has received more than 35,000 reports from Canadians. Data collected by Cybertip.ca reveals that almost 70% of the confirmed child pornography images involve children less than 8 years of age, and 30% of those capture sexual assaults against the child victim.
"These statistics demonstrate the need for Canadians to recognize signs of child sexual abuse. We want the public to know that our agency has the resources available to help them deal with their concerns and to address their questions," said McDonald.
In addition to the numerous materials and resources available to the public at its website, www.protectchildren.ca, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection today launched Teatree Tells: A Child Sexual Abuse Prevention kit, to help parents and educators with children four to six years of age deal with issues related to child sexual abuse.
The kit includes a parent guide on child sexual abuse and disclosure; two teacher guides with lessons and activities for nursery, kindergarten and grade one children; as well as three posters, a Teatree book and a Teatree puppet for use in the classroom. Teatree is one of the Centre's already established characters used to teach children important safety skills.
"We recognize the issue of child sexual abuse and disclosures may bring about a certain level of fear or discomfort for parents and guardians or any professional who works with children. This kit is meant to help guide them through it," added McDonald.
Earlier today the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), in coordination with law enforcement units across Canada, held a press conference announcing the arrest of more than 50 individuals for possession and distribution of child pornography.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection applauds the NCECC and law enforcement for their joint efforts and continued commitment to keeping Canada's children safe. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection strongly encourages Canadians to report suspicions of child pornography to Cybertip.ca (www.cybertip.ca) and recommends visiting the website to download information from the Teatree Tells kit and other relevant information and resources.
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Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection