Funding for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection

Backgrounder

To report child sexual exploitation on the Internet, please contact your local police, report to cybertip.ca or call 1-866-658-9022.

Cybertip.ca

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) owns and operates Cybertip.ca, Canada’s national tipline for the public to report suspected cases of online sexual exploitation of children. Cybertip.ca provides an easy and anonymous way for Canadians to report potentially illegal material. It also provides awareness and educational resources, as well as support and referral services, to help keep Canadian families safe while using the Internet.

Since its founding in September 2002 Cybertip.ca has received more than 305,000 reports, and has forwarded more than 19,000 reports to Canadian law enforcement agencies, resulting in more than 520 arrests. These numbers continue to grow significantly - the tip-line is on course to process over 90,000 reports for 2017-18.


Arachnid

Project Arachnid is an automated system that crawls through links on websites reported to Cybertip.ca that contain child sexual abuse material and detects where these images/videos are publicly available on the Internet. If child sexual abuse material  is detected, a notice is sent to the provider hosting the content requesting its removal.

Using Arachnid to detect the availability of content expedites its removal and is far more effective and efficient than human intervention. Since being launched a year ago, over 1.1 billion webpages have been processed, and Project Arachnid has sent over 238,000 notices to providers requesting the removal of child sexual abuse material.  

Victims Support

Funding for C3P will help to address gaps and challenges in supporting victims by building on its victim support strategy. Activities will include implementing victim and family surveys in order to better understand their experiences and challenges, reporting on findings and recommendations, and establishing a support network for victims of this crime that includes working with prosecutors, police, and victim services.

C3P will also work to establish a survivor’s network, an online portal to connect victims and provide tailored resources and advice to assist victims and their families.

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