Here at Internet 101, our motto is "police and partners . . . working together to web-proof our communities". Just as we teach our kids to safely navigate the streets of our cities, we need to do the same for the digital highway we call the Internet. A committee of police forces, led by the RCMP, created and maintains this website, a collection of safety tips, helpful presentations and links to further police-approved resources to help kids and parents surf safely.
“It’s Not What You Think: Sexually Exploited Youth in British Columbia”.
The University of British Columbia School of Nursing
Vancouver, BC - 2008
Presents a Comprehensive Report on
Sexually Exploited Youth in British Columbia
Cybertip.ca is Canada's national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. The tipline is owned and operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children.
Cybertip.ca accepts and addresses online and telephone reports from the public regarding:
- Child Pornography (images of child abuse)
- Online luring
- Child exploitation through prostitution
- Travelling to sexually exploit children
For more information on these incident types, please click here.
On average, Cybertip.ca receives over 700 reports and 800,000 hits to its website per month. All reports that are in contravention of the Criminal Code (Canada) are sent to police for possible investigation. As of January 2008, reports to the tipline had resulted in 43 arrests and the removal of 2,850 websites from the Internet.
On February 28th, Bill C-2 received Royal Assent and legally raised the age of protection from 14 to 16 years. This day not only marked a historical step towards protecting our youth from adult sexual predators, but also a day of triumph for local political lobbyist, Lisa Brinkerhoff.
Recent "Awareness Video" created by the Vancouver Onyx Group
New Opportunities for Women (NOW) Canada Society
Programs for Sexually Exploited Female Youth:
Residential Safe Home Program - transitional housing for female youth with, or without, children;
Client Support Program - one-on-one support and ongoing needs assessment, 24-hour emergency pager, opportunity to participate in Trauma Therapy;
ASK Learning Centre - A three-month life skills day program;
Next Step Program - Work experience and a back to school/work component;
Follow Care Program - Client-initiated support provided on a declining basis, helping participants become fully independent;
NOW Place Apartments - Subsidized, transitional independent living for the society's program graduates and women from the community who are in need with, or without, children.
CAP sites are available for free computer and internet access.
Sexual exploitation of youth is against the law! In Canada, anyone under the age of 18 cannot consent to sell their body for sexual purposes. Sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse, and is never the fault of the young person involved.