Resources: Support for Survivors and Their Families
The Canadian Centre is committed to supporting survivors of child sexual abuse whose abuse was recorded and, in many cases, distributed online through specialized resources, advocacy, and research in order to find solutions to what is a growing, global issue.
Through the International Survivors’ Survey we are acutely aware of how the trauma of child sexual abuse material online can colour every aspect of survivors’ lives. The courage of survivors who have shared their stories has guided how we can advocate for better resources and support systems for child victims.
You can contribute information about your own experience by completing one or both of the Canadian Centre’s anonymous surveys:
How We Can Help
Our team is available to assist those who have been sexually victimized online in a number of ways, such as:
- Helping to reduce the availability of sexual images/videos online through Project Arachnid. This system crawls the internet to detect known images of child sexual abuse material for the purpose of issuing takedown notices to hosting providers. Since its inception in January 2017, the Canadian Centre has encountered an increasing number of survivors reaching out to have Project Arachnid scan for the images rather than attempting to self-monitor this on their own.
- Connecting survivors and their caregivers to other support services such as counselling/therapy or victim services that may be available in their region.
- Assisting with victim impact statements for situations specific to online exploitation.
- Providing survivors with information about financial options/remedies specific to online victimization that may be available in their region.
- Offering informational resources and guidance around safety planning specific to online risks and concerns to assist survivors and their caregivers in moving forward.
Connecting with the Canadian Centre
If you or someone you know is a survivor of child sexual abuse and is in need of support, or would like to learn more about our work with survivors, connect with us here.
Resources for Families
When a child is abused by someone in the family, or by a trusted family or community member, the sense of betrayal can be overwhelming. Protective caregivers are often lost about what to do and how to help their child. To assist families in navigating the recovery process, the Canadian Centre has developed tailored resources for protective caregivers looking to pick up the pieces.
Visit the Order Materials section to order these resources, or download them below.
Together with New Directions, the Canadian Centre has also developed Big Feelings Come and Go, a storybook that teaches kids about freeze, flight and fight and helps them learn basic self-regulation skills. The storybook and accompanying posters will help your child understand freeze, flight and fight and can help generate conversations about what they can do to help them manage their big feelings.
You can order the storybook in the Order Materials section, or download it below.
Survivor Advocacy Groups
We are dedicated to working collaboratively with survivors so we can to change the world for these individuals, their families, the children still enduring abuse, and to prevent it from happening wherever possible. Learn more about their mission and impact on the protection of children.
Connecting with Your Local Child Advocacy Centre
Child and Youth Advocacy Centres exist throughout the country to provide children and families with coordinated support for children who are victims or witnesses to crimes. The support model offers a multi-disciplinary approach in a child-friendly environment. To find out if your community has a child advocacy centre, visit the Child & Youth Advocacy’s National website.