Where to go if You Suspect Abuse
If you suspect abuse, call your local police agency immediately.
If you’d just like to get some further information, we suggest these resources:
Founded in 1993, the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (CCAA)’s mandate is to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. The Centre is a national leader in the development of programs to prevent abuse, in advocating for the rights of those who have been abused, and in the creation of survivor-friendly ways of helping abuse victims find healing.
This Web site, touting the motto “police and partners … working together to web-proof our communities”, was created and is maintained by a committee of police forces, including the RCMP. The site includes an extensive collection of safety tips, helpful presentations and links to further police-approved resources to help kids and parents surf safely.
Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place.
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world working together to fight child abuse online. The aim of the VGT is to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies that helps to protect children from online child abuse. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is Canada’s representative agency on this international team.
Be Web Aware is a national, bilingual public education program on Internet safety. The objective of everyone involved in this project is to ensure young Canadians benefit from the Internet, while being safe and responsible in their online activities.
WiredSafety.org has excellent Internet safety information for adults and children of all ages. In fact, WiredSafety.org boasts the largest online safety, education and help group in the world. Positioning themselves as a cyber-neighborhood watch, they operate worldwide in cyberspace through a network of more than 9,000 volunteers.
BOOST offers programs and services to more than 1000 children, youth and their families to prevent abuse or provide support when abuse or violence has occurred. The organization is dedicated to the promotion of healthy children, youth, families and communities.
Kids in the Know is a safety curriculum designed to empower children and reduce their risk of victimization. It focuses on building self-esteem through teaching critical problem-solving skills. The program uses an inclusive, community-based approach to heighten safety awareness.
Cybertip.ca is Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. It is a centralized web portal for receiving and addressing reports from the public regarding child pornography, luring, child sex tourism, and children who are exploited through prostitution. The site provides comprehensive reporting tools and methods, and insightful general information.