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Social Value Report

Highlights from 2018–19

The Courageous Crawl

Project Arachnid, the Canadian Centre’s platform that proactively detects child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online and issues removal notices to hosting providers’ platform, is constantly evolving and adapting to enhance its capabilities to detect CSAM. Since its launch in 2017, Project Arachnid processed over 61 billion images and sent over three million removal notices to content providers.

International Collaboration

Project Arachnid has been significantly enriched by collaborating with child protection hotlines around the world. In 2018–19, five international hotlines began working to leverage this technology on a global scale, making Project Arachnid more effective at expediting requests to providers to remove these harmful images.

Protection in Place

This year the Canadian Centre launched Shield by Project Arachnid™, an industry API. Rather than waiting for Project Arachnid to detect material and send a notice, industry can use Shield by Project Arachnid to quickly detect known CSAM on their service, which will, in turn, speed up its removal.

The Power of 11

The Phoenix 11, a courageous group of survivors whose child sexual abuse was recorded, and in the majority of cases, distributed online, with the support of the Canadian Centre continued to leverage the power of their collective voice to affect change for themselves and others who might be suffering in silence. From Canada to the international stage, their voices were heard loud and clear.

Catching Feelings

The Canadian Centre along with New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families released Big Feelings Come and Go, a storybook that teaches kids about freeze, flight and fight and helps them learn some basic self-regulation skills. Since then the Canadian Centre has distributed 16,191 copies of this important resource to support children and youth who have experienced trauma.

Research & Reports

This year the Canadian Centre released the report, “The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse by K–12 School Personnel in Canada, 1997–2017,” which aimed to detail the sexual offences committed (or allegedly committed) against children by employees of K–12 schools across Canada over 20 years. Following its publication, Robert Cribb from the Toronto Star wrote an exclusive article about the study, highlighting its key points and recommendations.

Social Value Reports

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