Support for Victims and Survivors
If you or someone you know is a victim of online child sexual exploitation or abuse, you are not alone.
If a child is in immediate danger or risk, call 911 or your local police.
On this page:
- Project Arachnid
- Need Help Now
- Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre
- Victim Services Directory
- Provincial/Territorial Roles and Resources
Cybertip.ca is Canada’s national online tip line for reporting the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), the tip line launched September 26, 2002 as a pilot project in Manitoba. In May 2004, Cybertip.ca was adopted under the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
“Project Arachnid” is a web-crawling technology solution to identify child sexual abuse material (CSAM) operated by C3P with the support of federal funding. Since 2017 it has generated over 11 million notifications to 1,000 tech companies, spanning nearly 100 countries. In response to C3P’s requests, companies removed more than six million images and videos of child sexual abuse from circulation, helping to break the cycle of exploitation.
Need Help Now
NeedHelpNow.ca helps teens stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provides support along the way.
Tools and resources for caregivers plus a free, anonymous and confidential professional help for children dealing with any issue: by phone or text.
Victim Services Directory
For information on available resources for victims of online child sexual exploitation in your community, visit the Department of Justice’s Victim Services Directory. The Victims Service Directory has been created to help victims and individuals locate services for victims of crime across Canada and in their own community.
Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre
The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Knowledge Centre is operated by Women and Gender Equality Canada and is the focal point of Canada’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy.
Visit the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre to access timely, relevant information and resources on GBV-related content, support services for those affected by GBV, and learn about available funding programs and opportunities.
Provincial/Territorial Roles and Resources
In Canada, the protection of victims of crime is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial/territorial governments. Services provided to victims of online sexual exploitation and abuse are administered by the provinces/territories, who may receive funding from the federal Government. These services include: health care; emergency housing; social services including emergency financial assistance; and legal aid (assistance) programs under which eligibility is based primarily upon financial need. Other social services, such as food banks, may also be provided by civil society organizations.
Some provinces and territories have also implemented policies and programs to help reduce the incidence of and provide support to victims of online child sexual exploitation.
Province of Alberta
- Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta
- Alert Alberta
- Zebra Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
- Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
Province of British Columbia
Province of Manitoba
- Tracia’s Trust: Manitoba’s Sexual Exploitation Strategy
- Manitoba Family Services and Labour Child Protection (Sexual Exploitation Unit)
- Toba Centre for Children and Youth
Province of New Brunswick
Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
Province of Nova Scotia
The Territory of Nunavut
Province of Ontario
- Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
- Victim Services Ontario
- Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program
Province of Prince Edward Island
Province of Quebec
- Government Strategy to Prevent and Counteract Sexual Violence
- Reporting a Situation to the Director of Youth Protection
- Marie-Vincent Foundation
Province of Saskatchewan
The Territory of Yukon
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