Online Campaign Against Child Abuse
October is Child Abuse Protection Month. The Winnipeg Police Service, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is launching an online campaign against child abuse.
In our efforts to raise awareness, the Winnipeg Police Service has produced the video, You Have a Duty to Report. In the past year, the Child Abuse Unit has received approximately 530 reports of child abuse. Investigators feel that many cases of child abuse continue to go unreported, and that often someone knows the abuse is taking place.
The goal of the campaign is to ensure that someone with the knowledge or suspicion that a child is being harmed, will come forward and report so that Winnipeg Police can intervene. It is hoped that this campaign will raise awareness resulting in an increase of child abuse cases being reported to authorities.
Christy Dzikowicz, Director of the Child Safety and Family Advocacy Division, Canadian Centre for Child Protection states “Manitobans can make a difference in the life of a child. Reporting demonstrates the power one person has in stopping the exploitation of children. If your gut tells you that something just isn’t right, take the time to report the information to police, child welfare or Cybertip.ca”.
If you know of a child being harmed or exploited please call the Winnipeg Police Child Abuse Unit at 204-986-6222 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). You can also report online child sexual exploitation online at cybertip.ca
For further information contact either:
Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs
Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email: WPS-PIO@Winnipeg.ca