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Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc (2018). Child Sexual Abuse by K-12 school personnel in Canada. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada : Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc.




Research concerning the sexual abuse of K-12 students by school personnel in Canadian contexts is limited. While much of the recent analytical Canadian studies are informative, they are often restricted in their scope. The Canadian Centre has undertaken a study to address this deficiency by gathering data not just from a single province or limited to circumstances surrounding certified teachers only (like some previous studies), but instead, from child sexual abuse cases that involved any individual employed in a Canadian K-12 school.1 This executive summary provides an overview of the detailed information presented in the full study, “The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse by K-12 School Personnel in Canada, 1997-2017,” published in theJournal of Child Sexual Abuse, accessible at https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2018.1477218.

Data collected from cases where school employees have presented a risk to children in their care were analyzed to provide a better understanding of a number of issues. It is significant that although the study found the known number of school employees sexually offending against children is relatively small compared to the overall population of personnel, the frequency of such cases is certainly occurring more than one would expect. While one such case is too many, the fact this study identified 750 Canadian cases involving 714 school personnel from the last 20 years alone is unquestionably alarming.


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