Message to Child Pornography Survivors: Survey Seeks Your Input to Enhance Support Services for Survivors

April 5, 2016

Survey Seeks to Enhance Support Services for Child Porn SurvivorsWe at the Savage Law Firm are proud to support the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre), an advocacy and charitable organization dedicated to helping child pornography survivors.

While a great deal is being accomplished around the world to support those who have been victimized by child pornography, the working advocacy group at the Canadian Centre believes there is an urgent need to enhance the fight against child sexual abuse material on the Internet.

In order to better understand the impacts of this crime and the unique needs of the survivors of child sexual abuse whose images of their abuse have been distributed online, the Canadian Centre’s working group would like to survey survivors like you. The goal will be to learn from your experiences and begin to understand the unique challenges you have faced.

By better understanding these experiences, the Canadian Centre will be in a better position to:

  • Support the survivors/victims of this crime
  • Prevent this type of victimization
  • Develop methods to intervene as soon as possible, when prevention efforts fall short
  • Promote change in systems, as well as educate professionals who are in a position to provide support to survivors or manage offenders (Such professionals include, but aren’t limited to, therapists, child welfare workers, prosecutors, judges, educators, and police).

About the Survivors’ Survey

The Canadian Centre’s survey for the survivors is designed to be anonymous and is available online (here). It is separated into sections and allows you to skip questions or entire sections, based on your comfort level. It also allows you to provide as much detail as you are able to about your experiences. As such, the amount of time it will take to complete the survey will vary.

The Canadian Centre recognizes that the nature of the questions may be difficult to answer and could result in a range of emotions for you. As such, it is strongly advised that you engage your support person(s) before you begin the survey and ask that they continue to be accessible to you as needed.

If, at any point in this process, you wish to speak to a social worker from the Canadian Centre, you may contact an advocate at the Centre directly at support@protectchildren.ca.

The Centre suggests that you view these two short videos about this project, which have been created by a survivor of child sexual abuse imagery and a member of the survey team, Dr. Sharon Cooper.

Thank you for taking the time to consider participating in this survey. The Centre is positive that this project will influence positive change for the survivors of child sexual abuse material.

You are welcome to contact an advocate at the Canadian Centre if you have any questions and/or if you would like to make arrangements to complete the survey via a telephone interview (rather than online).

Survey for Parents of Survivors Coming Soon

In addition to conducting the survivors’ survey, the Centre’s working group will be creating a similar survey for the parents of survivors/victims of child pornography. At this time, the Centre is looking to hear from family members who are interested in participating in this second survey.

To find out more about this survey and express interest, contact support@protectchildren.ca.

About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a children’s charity dedicated to promoting and enhancing the personal safety of all children. The Centre’s goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, to assist in the location of missing children and to prevent child victimization.

Founded more than 30 years ago, the Centre is known for its advocacy work, as well as for running Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, for more than 13 years. Through its role in operating the tipline, the Centre has witnessed how the misuse of technology has increased harm to children, and its members are always looking for ways to better protect children both online and offline.

Attorney Carol Hepburn of the Savage Law Firm is among the experts who make up the Canadian Centre’s working group.

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