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
For Immediate Release
Winnipeg, Canada —
Nearly 550 students were found or are alleged to have been sexually abused or victimized by Canadian school
personnel over the last five years, a study by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) has found.
The study, which spans the years 2017 to 2021 inclusively, found 252 current or former school personnel working in
Canadian K-12 schools that committed (or were accused of committing) offences of a sexual nature against at least
548 students by searching disciplinary records, media sources, and criminal case law. Over the same timeframe,
another 38 personnel were criminally charged for child sexual abuse material-related offences. In total, the study
identified 290 school personnel involved in sex abuse or victimization incidents.
Through collaborative work with Stop Educator Child Exploitation (SECE), a
grassroots organization composed of
survivors of sexual abuse and violence at the hands of school personnel in Canadian schools, the study also presents
a series of key policy recommendations. These actionable measures are shaped by the lived experience of SECE members
and provide victim-centric insights into safety deficiencies within schools. They include:
Establish fully independent bodies in all provinces tasked with receiving complaints (from the public, parents,
students, and school personnel), conducting investigations, the adjudication process, and determining appropriate
Ensure disciplinary records are universally made public in all provinces and that the information contained in
them is centralized for the purpose of policy and public interest research;
Mandate the completion of evidence-based child protection training programs for all school personnel, including
administrators in all provinces;
Invest more in trauma-informed victim supports for students who are victimized within school environments.
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