Survivors’ Survey

Identifying and Responding to the Unique Needs of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

Returning Participants

If you have already started the survey, please enter your key here, then click “Continue”:

Introduction

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.

NOTE: Throughout the survey, we have primarily used the term “child sexual abuse imagery.” For clarity, when using this term, we are referencing what is often referred to legally as “child pornography.” Recognizing that the term “child pornography” may minimize the abuse/crime, we believe the term “child sexual abuse imagery” more appropriately describes the abuse/crime. Within child sexual abuse imagery, we are including still images/photographs, videos, live-streamed content, audio and written stories/content.

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

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 support@protectchildren.ca or via text message at 204-782-6683.