|Toronto Police Service
Toronto Police Service recognizes Safer Internet Day 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 9:33 AM
Every year, the Toronto Police Service recognizes Safer Internet Day by taking the opportunity to educate the public on safe internet use.
This year’s theme, “Create, Connect & Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You,” is an important time to offer a warning from the TPS Child Exploitation Section.
On any given day, the Service receives reports and tips about images and videos of child sexual abuse. In many instances, members of the public share this material online out of shock and concern for the victims.
Sharing this material is illegal. Anyone found to be doing so may be charged with child pornography offences.
In addition to being against the law, every time an image or video is viewed or shared – even for non-sexual purposes – a child is re-victimized.
“They are trading around my trauma like treats at a party and it feels like I am being raped all over again by every one of them. It sickens me to the core, terrifies me and makes me want to cry…so many nights I’ve cried myself to sleep, thinking of a stranger somewhere staring at their computer with images of a naked me on the screen,” said a victim of child sexual exploitation as part of a Victim Impact Statement.
If you come into contact with child sexual abuse material, do not send it to anyone. Call police at 416-808-2222 or 9-1-1 if the child is being abused in real-time.
You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Reporting can also be made at Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children at CyberTip.ca.
For more information on how you can protect your family online and contribute to a safer internet, visit Protect Kids Online.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Paul Krawczyk, Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Section
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