Child Abuse

Child Abuse is a serious problem and occurs more often than people realize. Adults are responsible for protecting children from abuse - as such, it is important understand what child abuse is and to recognize symptomatic behaviours that may signal that a child is in distress.

Abuse can include:

  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse and Internet Child Exploitation

Sexual Abuse:

The sexual abuse of a child can vary from non-contact sexual offences (such as exposing a child to sexually explicit acts) to contact offences (such as sexual touching or sexual assault). Offences can occur with or without the use of violence, and may also involve the use of technology, including the creation of child pornography.

The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit investigates luring of children over the internet, or the possession of images, movies and/or text that depicts sexual molestation/exploitation of children (known as child pornography).

If you are aware of a personal computer that contains child porn, report it to the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext 7300. This may be a friend, acquaintance or co-worker. If you prefer to remain anonymous report it to or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To report the online sexual exploitation of children or for more information, please visit

If you or someone you know has been a victim of child abuse (physical or sexual), please contact the: