Toronto Sun, April 22, 2013
Teens who are sexually harassed, threatened or targetted online have a new way to help them regain control over their lives.
On Sunday, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection unveiled Needhelpnow.ca, an “resource designed to help Canadian youth deal with the negative consequences of the creation and distribution of sexual images online.”
The site offers tips on how to removed a sexual picture or video of yourself being posted on the Internet, how to get other teens to stop sharing the content with one another, and who to turn to for help if the situation spirals out of control.
“Today’s youth are facing so many more challenges than previous generations, and we need to help them better understand the risks, manage the fall-out, and know that their future need not be defined by one image,” Lianna McDonald, CCCP’s executive director, said in a statement.
Seventeen-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons died April 7 after trying to hang herself in her family home.
Her parents said she was sexually assaulted when she was 15, then bullied after photos of the attack circulated online.
And last October,15-year-old Amanda Todd from B.C. took her own life after enduring two years of cyberstalking, harassment and bullying.