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CanadaAlberta sees another record year of child abuse cases; 22% rise in 2018

22:41  29 january  2019
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Regina's online child exploitation problem would keep 100 new officers busy, says chief

Regina's online child exploitation problem would keep 100 new officers busy, says chief Regina's police chief says the problem of online child exploitation is growing and should receive more resources from the police service, but that in some ways the problem is a bottomless pit. "I honestly feel like I could put 100 police officers into the ICE [Internet Child Exploitation] unit to try and dig into all of these files and they would all have work to do - they would all have case load," said Evan Bray in an interview with CBC. ICE targets people creating or sharing child pornography or trying to lure children over the internet. Bray was quick to point out the rest of Canada shares the problem with Regina.

Alberta sees another record year of child abuse cases; 22% rise in 2018© Global News Zebra Child Protection Centre.

Every year the caseload at the Zebra Child Protection Unit goes up and 2018 was no exception. Staff took on 834 child abuse cases last year — an increase of 22 per cent over 2017.

Most of those cases dealt with child sexual abuse.

Cheryl Diebel, chief executive officer of the Zebra centre, said while the numbers are alarming, it doesn't necessarily mean there was more child abuse in Alberta.

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"We think it's linked to the fact that we're out in the public more often," said Diebel.

Case delayed for woman accused in baby deaths

Case delayed for woman accused in baby deaths CHARLOTTETOWN - The case of a Charlottetown woman accused of causing the deaths of two infants has been put off until next month, as the court awaits a psychiatric assessment report. Shannon Dawn Rayner is facing two counts of infanticide in separate incidents in 2014 and 2016, as well as two counts of failing to seek assistance in child birth and two counts of disposing of a child's body with intent to conceal the fact it had been delivered. Crown attorney Valerie Moore said in an email Monday the matter was adjourned until Feb. 6 as the court awaits receipt of a mental health assessment report. Court documents say the offences allegedly took place between Nov.

"People are more aware of the signs of abuse and also more aware of where to call if they have issues."

Diebel said most of the child abuse referrals come from RCMP, Edmonton police, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Children's Services.

The Zebra centre is a safe place for abused children to tell their stories. It provides supports to children from Edmonton and communities north of Red Deer.

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Specialized forensic interviewers meet with children so they only have to tell their story once.

Last year, more caregivers were also provided support through the investigation and court process.

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Despite the progress in people reporting child abuse, Diebel wants everyone to know it is their duty.

"We want to ensure that people understand their need to report child abuse if they suspect it," said Diebel.

If you suspect child abuse, please contact any of the following:

Edmonton Police Service Complaint Line: 780-423-4567

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS)

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477

Online Exploitation:

Or your local police/RCMP detachment

If a child is in immediate danger, please dial 911.

Summerside man sentenced to 1 year in jail for child pornography charges.
A P.E.I. man convicted of making child pornography, Waylon Molyneaux of Summerside, was sentenced Tuesday in P.E.I. provincial court in Charlottetown to a year in jail. The court heard that Molyneaux, 32, took photos of a young child on his cellphone, including some that showed the child's genitals, legs and buttocks. During the trial, a witness testified they found the photos on Molyneaux's phone. Molyneaux pleaded not guilty and said the photos must have been taken by accident when his phone fell out of his pocket.

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