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Press & Media: News Releases / 2022

Thousands of boys, young men falling prey to financial sextortion crimes, Canadian report finds

Review of online victim support forum identifies major safety gaps; reveals males primarily targeted through Snapchat, PayPal

Statement: Manitoba government commits to teacher-student misconduct accountability, setting stage for safer schools

The Manitoba government’s commitment to improve accountability and transparency related to educator misconduct across Manitoba brings the province a step closer to ensuring children are safe in schools.

Nearly 550 children found or alleged to have been sexually abused by Canadian school personnel over last five years, study finds

Newly established school sex abuse survivor group calls for Canada-wide change to protect children

Statement: Decade-long journey for justice

Our heavy hearts are with the Todd family following today’s sentencing decision for the Dutch man who tormented their 15-year-old daughter Amanda, who later died by suicide.

Statement: Survivors and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection implore Government of Canada to regulate internet

Today, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Associate Executive Director Signy Arnason met with federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General from across Canada to discuss online sexual violence and table a letter from survivors calling for effective, protective internet regulation.

Federal ministers meet with victims and families of online sexual violence to discuss need for regulatory change

Today, survivors and families whose lives have been irreparably changed because of online sexual violence met with the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. During the virtual roundtable, hosted by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), victims shared their stories and implored the government to regulate the internet to keep Canadian children and survivors safe from online harm. marks 20 years of reducing the online victimization of children

Today marks 20 years since the launch of, Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Statement: Justice for Todd family, more work ahead to keep Canadian children safe online

Winnipeg, Canada — Our hearts are with the family, friends and loved ones of Amanda Todd following the verdict finding a Dutch national guilty of all charges related to Amanda’s tragic death.

Boys aggressively targeted on Instagram and Snapchat, analysis of data shows

Adolescent boys are being targeted primarily on social media giants Instagram® and Snapchat® as part of an ongoing sextortion crisis, an analysis of July data by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) shows.

Sexual crimes against Canadian children rising at alarming rate, new Stats Can police‑reported data shows

Sexual crimes against Canadian children continue to trend upwards at an alarming rate, the latest release of police‑reported crime data by Statistics Canada shows. Several key child‑related violations have been steadily trending upwards over previous years, fuelled in large part by the use of technology.

Child Safety Online Must Be a Priority

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), along with 14 global organizations is launching the Child Safety Online Now (#ChildSafetyOnlineNow) campaign that supports the European Commission’s proposal to tackle the rampant and growing spread of child sexual abuse online.

To the G7 Interior Ministers: A call to action for continued commitment to combatting the online exploitation and abuse of children

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) applauds the G7 leaders’ Communique coming out of the Berlin meetings, which references a commitment to step up efforts to prevent and combat child sexual abuse and exploitation globally, both online and offline.

Statement: Online sextortion is a public safety emergency harming our children; we must act urgently to protect them

The explosion of sextortion cases targeting Canadian children is a public safety emergency requiring urgent action from government, law enforcement, and social media companies.

The largest unwanted film festival reveals scale of online child sexual abuse material

More than 85 million movie posters to be generated by AI as part of a powerful, visual installation that captures the proliferation and trauma of online child sexual abuse material. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) using the campaign to bring awareness to the vast availability of CSAM online, much of which can be found commonly used platforms and services, and issue an urgent call to the public to hold tech accountable to not only remove CSAM from their platforms, but ensure it’s blocked from appearing on these services in the first place.

95 per cent of located Canadian children did not stray from their own city

As 95 per cent of the located children in the database were found in their own city, today, on Missing Children’s Day, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is underscoring the integral role community engagement plays in bringing missing and abducted children home.

Global experts on online harm/child sexual exploitation descend on Winnipeg to help devise strategies for keeping Canadian children safe online and technology companies accountable

Winnipeg, Canada – International experts on online harm and child sexual exploitation are gathered in Winnipeg this week to develop strategies aimed at fighting back against unsafe digital spaces putting children at risk and the removal of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from the internet.

New Stats Can report showing staggering increase in online child sexual exploitation/abuse reinforces urgent need for robust online safety laws in Canada

A nearly three-fold increase in online child sexual exploitation and abuse reported today by Statistics Canada reinforces the urgent need for regulation of digital platforms and electronic service providers in Canada, says the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P).

Statement: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection supports the new, proposed EU legislation to combat online child sexual exploitation

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) supports the European Commission’s new legislation on preventing and combatting online child sexual exploitation and abuse. The proposal has the potential to not only make a difference for millions of children in the EU, but creates a critical opportunity to build a safer internet for children globally.

Statement: Canadian Centre for Child Protection selected as End Violence Against Children #SafeOnline grantee

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is proud to have been selected as one of 18 new grantees by End Violence Against Children’s Safe Online initiative, which supports global efforts to tackle online child sexual exploitation and leverage technology solutions to make the internet safer for children.

Few barriers preventing kids from accessing adult-rated apps, incoherent age ratings, app store analysis finds

A child safety analysis of the two largest mobile app stores has found the platforms have easy-to-bypass age restrictions, inconsistent enforcement of app age ratings, and largely unsuitable age ratings. These findings, among many others, published today by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) raise significant concerns for the protection of children/youth online, and for families who use age ratings to gauge safety.

Statement: Five Country Ministerial points to Project Arachnid’s removal of six million pieces of CSAM as a call for tech to do more

On the second anniversary of the release of the Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection applauds and supports the call from the Five Country Ministerial for transparency among tech who have publicly endorsed these safeguards, and urges action from the remaining companies who have yet to implement the Principles.

Statement: Child protection organization shares personal safety resources in response to sexual assault of a child

In the wake of a recent sexual assault incident involving a 12-year-old Winnipeg girl by a stranger, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is urging families to talk about personal safety with their children, along with offering resources to help facilitate these conversations with children of all ages.

Canadian child protection agencies provide support resources for Ukrainian and Russian refugee families fleeing from war

Children experiencing trauma from fleeing the war in Ukraine will be receiving copies of Big Feelings Come and Go, a storybook which helps families understand and manage difficult emotions, thanks to a collaboration between two Winnipeg-based organizations and a Finnish ally. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) and New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families (New Directions) are partnering with the Finnish child protection organization, Suojellaan Lapsia ry, to provide copies of the book, translated in both Ukrainian and Russian, to families seeking refuge in Finland.

Minister Mendicino visits the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to discuss increasing risks facing Canadian children and youth online

Today, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) met with the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety to brief him on the increasing online risks facing Canadian children and families, and highlight an aligned commitment to the protection and safety of children across the country.

Dangerous Reality: What parents need to know about the metaverse, Canada’s tipline for reporting online child sexual abuse and exploitation, is urging parents to be aware of the metaverse and the emerging risks that may come along with children and teens being in the largely unrestricted virtual space.

National tipline sees concerning increase in online sexual violence against Canadian youth

For Safer Internet Day, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection releases new education resources to help families address this urgent issue

Statement: The reintroduction of the EARN IT Act to the U.S. Senate has important implications for survivors of child sexual abuse material

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s (C3P) unwavering commitment to fighting for the rights of victims and survivors is strengthened by the reintroduction of the EARN IT Act to the U.S. Senate.

Global tool disrupting international distribution of child sexual abuse imagery marks five years

Project Arachnid has triggered takedown of millions of images and videos for survivors around the world.

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