Identifying and Responding to the Unique Needs of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery
Thank you for taking the time to consider completing this survey. The survey questions are designed to gather information about your experience and are not intended to identify you directly. You will not be asked to provide your name or the name of anyone else. We appreciate the sensitivity of the information being collected through the survey and want to assure you that we are committed to protecting the privacy of all participants at all times.
Your input on this subject is very important. Having been affected by the creation and/or distribution of child sexual abuse imagery, you are able to provide valuable insight that no one else can provide and that we strongly believe is essential to increasing society's collective understanding of this issue. We are of the view that the results from this groundbreaking survey will help ensure greater and more meaningful support is provided to victims.
Please take a moment to view two short videos about this project by a survivor of child sexual abuse imagery and one of the members of the survey team, Dr. Sharon Cooper, at protectchildren.ca/app/en/survivors_survey.
At the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, we are committed to understanding the experiences of those affected by child sexual abuse imagery offences, sharing what we learn and using what we learn to advocate for meaningful change. By better understanding your experience, we will be in a position to support the countless individuals who have been affected by this crime, including those who have not yet been identified. We intend to use the survey results to learn how to prevent children from being victimized by this crime. Where we fail in prevention, we aim to intervene as soon as possible. Lastly, we intend to use the information you provide to drive change and educate police, child protection workers, lawyers, judges, educators and mental health professionals.
There are some conditions potential participants have to meet:
- 18 years or older
- victim of physical child sexual abuse, which was recorded in any way
- the participant has told at least one person what happened to her/him
We recognize that the nature of the questions may be difficult and could result in a range of emotions for you. We strongly encourage you to engage your support person(s) before you begin the survey and ensure that they will continue to be accessible to you for support.
Completing the Survey
In order to achieve the outlined goals, the survey is designed to allow you to provide as much or as little detail about your experience as you wish. As such, the amount of time it takes to complete the survey will be dependent upon how much you wish to share.
The survey is separated into sections. At the start of each section, we have explained the nature of the questions and why we are seeking this specific information. You will have the ability to skip the individual sections should you not feel comfortable with the content and purpose. Within each section, you may skip individual questions. You can save your answers and return at another time should you not wish to complete the survey all at once.
For each question, please respond with as much detail as you are comfortable with – taking care not to include identifying details such as names. Your input is critical to the recommendations we will be making to professionals going forward. The survey has been designed to recognize the unique experiences of individuals who have been impacted by this form of victimization. Should you have any questions or concerns as you go through this process, or feel your experience may not be understood through the process (e.g., you have been victimized by hands-on sexual abuse by different offenders at various points in your life), please do not hesitate to contact us through the link at the bottom of the survey page.
Should you wish to speak to a representative from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via text message at 204-782-6683.
This survey is conducted by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc., a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the protection of all children. We understand how critical it is that you be able to share information without sharing your identity. You will not be asked to provide your name or the name of anyone else. The survey questions are designed to gather information about your experience and are not intended to identify you directly.
We are committed to ensuring that the privacy and confidentiality of each participant is safeguarded and respected throughout the process. Raw survey data will be kept in strict confidence, accessible only to those employees of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection who are directly involved with analyzing the data and who are bound by contractual obligations of confidentiality. The responses will be used only to compile the survey results and to craft recommendations. During the analysis phase, your information will be combined with information from other participants, and when the results of the survey are published or discussed, no information that could identify you as a participant will be disclosed. It is anticipated that quotes from survey respondents will be included within a published report or other publication associated with the survey to the extent it is possible to do so and still preserve the confidentiality of each respondent.
In addition, given the sensitivity of the information being collected through the survey, we have put in place numerous measures to protect the information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure. For example, physical, administrative and technical security measures are used to protect the information you are submitting to us. Computer passwords, firewalls, encryption and other measures that protect data from unauthorized access, loss or modification are also in place. Additional safeguards and measures will be adopted as and when deemed necessary to safeguard the information provided and the participants.
In terms of the information collected, at the start of each section of the survey, there is a “purpose” statement that gives you information about what types of questions are in that section, why we are asking them, and what we intend to do with the information gathered. The purpose statements for each section are summarized as follows:
Background Information: The information gathered in this section will be used to understand some of the basic contextual factors surrounding your experience and will be used for statistical analysis.
Counselling/Treatment: The information gathered in this section will be used to guide the development of therapy/counselling/treatment programs that best meet the needs of victims and address barriers that may exist in preventing victims from accessing appropriate, specialized services.
Legal Process: The information gathered in this section will be used to improve the ways professionals working within the legal and child protective systems meet the needs of survivors of child sexual abuse imagery.
Disclosure: The information gathered in this section will be used to improve our understanding of what is needed to create safe environments for people who have experienced this type of abuse to disclose, and help create recommendations for early intervention.
Details of Your Experience: The information gathered in this section will be used to better understand the victimization involved with the creation of child sexual abuse imagery, contribute to our understanding of the impact associated with child sexual abuse imagery, and help criminal justice, mental health and advocacy agencies better understand and help survivors of this crime.
Impacts: The information gathered in this section will be used to better understand how being a survivor of child sexual abuse imagery impacts one's life, and the unique trauma specific to the creation and/or distribution of child sexual abuse imagery. With this understanding, the goal is to then educate professionals who provide support to individuals who have suffered from having been abused in this manner as well as those professionals charged with the management of offenders (e.g., police, child protection services, prosecutors, judges, educators, therapists).
Demographics: The information gathered in this section will be used for statistical analysis.
What Others Need to Know: The information gathered in this section will be used to provide you with further opportunity to help professionals understand your experience and support other survivors of similar experiences.
To participate in this survey, the following statements must be confirmed by you:
- I confirm that I am over the age of 18, that I am under no obligation to participate and that my participation is completely voluntary. I understand that I may withdraw my participation at any time prior to finalization of the survey results by contacting the Canadian Centre for Child Protection by email or text message as set out below.
- I understand that I am encouraged to ask questions, voice concerns or complaints about any aspect of this survey, and that any questions, concerns or complaints will be answered by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
- I understand that I may contact the Canadian Centre for Child Protection directly via email at email@example.com or via text message at 204-782-6683 to: discuss problems, concerns, and questions; obtain information; offer input; or discuss situations that occurred during my participation.
- I understand that my information will be combined with the information of other participants and the results used to drive change in systems and educate professionals who are in a position to provide support to survivors or manage offenders (e.g., police, child protection services, prosecutors, judges, educators, therapists).
- I confirm that I have not received or been offered any payment for my participation and that I will not directly benefit from my participation.
By clicking “START SURVEY” below you are confirming the above statements, and you are acknowledging that:
- You have read the information provided above
- You have been given a chance to ask questions
- Your questions have been answered to your satisfaction
- You are voluntarily participating in this survey
In addition, by participating in the survey you are agreeing that the Canadian Centre for Child Protection may:
- collect the information that you provide through your responses to the survey questions for the purposes outlined above,
- use such information in combination with the information provided by other survey participants for the purposes of analysis and creation of recommendations stemming from the survey results (as outlined above), and
- disclose such information as part of the aggregate survey results provided no information that could identify you as a participant is disclosed.