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Campaign delivers sextortion information to youth and caregivers

Canadian Centre for Child Protection receiving 10 sextortion reports every day

For Immediate Release

Winnipeg, Canada – With support from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is launching a new campaign about how to respond to sextortion attempts, a crime that is reported to 10 times per day.

Sextortion is when someone uses your intimate image to blackmail you for money or more images. Sextorters are usually organized, relentless, and ruthless – and according to law enforcement around the globe, usually operate from countries such as Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, and the Philippines.

The campaign breaks down what a youth who has been sextorted should do next, and where they can go for help.

  1. Stop talking to the sextorter
  2. Screenshot the messages
  3. Block the sextorter
  4. Tell a safe adult what happened and go to

“Reports of sextortion continue to climb and until we have government regulation holding tech companies accountable for the harm facilitated on their products, we have to arm children and their parents with as much information as we can,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of C3P.

“Our support services team has talked to thousands of children. We know these steps can help if you have been targeted by a sextorter.”

For more information about sextortion and how to access support, visit


About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. The organization’s goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through programs, services, and resources for Canadian families, educators, child serving organizations, law enforcement, and other parties. C3P also operates, Canada’s national tipline to report child sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet, and Project Arachnid, a web platform designed to detect known images of CSAM on the clear and dark web and issue removal notices to industry.

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