Improving Services to Child Victims of Sexual Assault in Prince Edward Island
October 13, 2017 - Charlottetown, PEI - Department of Justice Canada
Sexual assault can have serious and traumatic effects on victims and survivors, particularly when the victims are children. The Government of Canada is providing victims and survivors of child sexual assault with the services they need to improve their recovery and reduce the risk of developing problems in others areas of their lives.
Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced $216,350 in funding to Child Protection Services of Prince Edward Island to train social workers and police in interviewing child victims of sexual assault, of different ages and abilities, in order to obtain accurate and reliable disclosures. The funding will also help develop child-friendly spaces where victims can feel comfortable talking about the offences committed against them and will improve the video-recording of these interviews so that they can be retained as records of the victims’ statement. These recordings are used throughout the criminal justice process, and the funding will also help ensure that the recordings are stored with the utmost security.
“A well-functioning justice system is one that serves all Canadians, protects the vulnerable, and holds offenders to account. This funding will help children who are victims of sexual abuse talk about the crimes committed against them so that social workers, law enforcement and other professionals in the criminal justice system can provide them with the services they need and deserve.”
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
“Child and youth victims of sexual abuse have particular needs and challenges. The Government of Canada is proud to support Child Protection Services of Prince Edward Island in providing children of sexual abuse the special care they need to give clear and accurate statements of the offences committed against them.”
Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
“Ensuring children’s voices are heard – when they need our help the most – is a top priority for child protection services in Prince Edward Island. This funding will ensure children can tell their stories in a safe and comfortable space. I am pleased that Child Protection Services took the initiative to apply for this grant, which will be used for specialized training in child abuse interviewing for social workers and police officers, and for upgrades to interview rooms and equipment.”
The Honourable Tina Mundy
Minister of Family and Human Services of Prince Edward Island
In 2013, the Government of Prince Edward Island published revised guidelines and procedures for a coordinated response to child sexual abuse.
The Provincial Child Sexual Abuse Advisory Committee was formed in 1991 with representatives from Family and Human Services, Justice and Public Safety, education, police services, community organizations, and adult survivors. The mandate of the committee is to promote a coordinated, informed, cooperative, and collaborative response to child sexual abuse, and to promote public awareness and prevention strategies to reduce the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Prince Edward Island.
Communications and Parliamentary Affairs Advisor
Office of the Minister of Justice
Department of Justice Canada
Department of Family and Human Services
Government of Prince Edward Island
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