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Child Victims in Canada’s Justice System

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Child Victims in Canada’s Justice System is a thoroughly researched resource that will be useful for anyone working with or establishing public policy with respect to children who have experienced sexual abuse. A reference document, a training tool, and a guide for developing policies and procedures, it will be beneficial to child protection workers, police officers, Crown Attorneys, lawyers, judges, physicians, elementary and secondary school teachers, college and university professors, childcare workers, mental health clinicians, victims’ advocates, public health personnel, and government policy makers. It is a valuable guide for communities wishing to better prevent and detect crimes against children, build victim assistance programs and child advocacy centres, and ensure effective response and treatment systems for children. Child Victims in Canada’s Justice System responds to public concern regarding crimes against children, the role of the judiciary, and the rights of child victims.

Contributors

Loree Armstrong Beniuk

Loree Armstrong Beniuk holds a Master of Social Work degree and is a Registered Social Worker with a private clinical practice in Mississauga, Ontario. With her knowledge of criminal courts, legal protocol, and procedures gleaned from many years working in Toronto with child witnesses and their supportive adults, she was hired by an inter-agency committee to develop and coordinate a new Child Witness Preparation Program in Peel. She later took on the role of Supervisor, Clinical Services at Peel Children’s Centre. Loree worked for many years as Program Manager of Central Agencies Sexual Abuse Treatment Program at Child Development Institute in Toronto. In this role she worked with more than forty treatment agencies and services to ensure the adoption of Best Practices in abuse treatment throughout Toronto. She spearheaded and co-authored a 2006 publication entitled Child Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.

Jo-Anne Hughes

Jo-Anne Hughes was a co-founder and Program Manager of the Child Witness Centre in Kitchener and worked on a daily basis with child victims for more than seventeen years. She also served as an Adjudicator with the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board until 2018. In 2007, Jo-Anne was amongst the first to receive the Ontario Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction for outstanding services to victims of crime. She also received the Sertoma International Service to Mankind Award (for Canada, New York, and Pennsylvania).

Jack Reynolds

Jack Reynolds is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western University and completed an MBA at McMaster. He spent more than thirty years in senior management at Mutual Life of Canada and has authored four books. He served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Child Witness Centre in Kitchener, providing support, education, court accompaniment, and advocacy for child victims in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.
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The Introduction explains the audience and objective of the book as well as outlines topics discussed and some notes on terminology. ; ; 2 $0.20

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Chapter One Incidence of Child Sexual Abuse examines how child sexual abuse has been addressed in Canada and the immediate and long-term physical, emotional, and psychological effects it has on a … ; ; 9 $0.90

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Chapter Two Human Trafficking examines the crime of human trafficking in Canada. The chapter focuses on the growing crime of sex trafficking in Canada and and how it is affecting at-risk … ; ; 6 $0.60

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Chapter Three Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse examines the importance of understanding the signs of sexual abuse, particularly for caregivers, teachers, physicians, childcare workers, and others. … ; ; 8 $0.80

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Chapter Four Disclosing the Abuse examines the challenges of getting children to come forward with their abuse to those who can help; many children do not report their abuse until much later, or … ; ; 7 $0.70

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Chapter Five The Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse examines investigative practices into child sexual abuse in Canada. The chapter explores topics such as the role of Child Protection, Police … ; ; 14 $1.40

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Chapter Six The Role of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres examines the establishment of Child Advocacy Centres/Child & Youth Advocacy Centres (CACs/CYACs). The chapter examines their typical … ; ; 6 $0.60

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Chapter Seven Canada’s Court Structure examines the Canadian court systems and how they vary by province. The chapter explores the Provincial/Territorial Court of Justice, Superior Court of … ; ; 5 $0.50

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Chapter Eight The Rights of the Accused examines the set of rules that govern child sexual abuse designed to protect victims and the rights of the accused. The chapter explores topics such as the … ; ; 7 $0.70

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Chapter Nine Participants in the Trial provides an overview of what goes on during a trial. The chapter discusses the role of the Crown Attorney, Defence Counsel, Judge, Jury, Accused, Court … ; ; 8 $0.80

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Chapter Ten The Trial examines all aspects of the trial. The chapter explores testimonial aids, trial outcomes, child protection orders, publication bans, how a victim learns the verdict, and the … ; ; 9 $0.90

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Chapter Eleven History of Law Reforms in Canada examines the history of law reforms in Canada relating to sexual offences against children. The chapter explores topics including Bill C-15 (1987), … ; ; 12 $1.20

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Chapter Twelve Criminal Law on Child Sexual Abuse examines how Child sexual abuse offences are outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada. The chapter delves deeper into topics in the Criminal Code … ; ; 7 $0.70

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Chapter Thirteen Support for Child Witnesses examines the support services for Children who are required to testify in court, either as a victim of or a witness to a crime. The chapter explores … ; ; 11 $1.10

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Chapter Fourteen Pre-trial Support examines the support services for Children who are required to testify in court, either as a victim of or a witness to a crime, before the trial. This chapter … ; ; 7 $0.70

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Chapter Fifteen Court Preparation examines the extensive list of procedures and tools used to familiarize and increase a child’s understanding of their role in court, and to recommend … ; ; 18 $1.80

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Chapter Sixteen Support for Children During and After the Trial examines the number of concerns which a child may have before going to court or while waiting to give their testimony. They … ; ; 12 $1.20

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Chapter Seventeen Sentencing examines the decision making done behind the sentencing. Canada’s system recognizes that offences are committed by a wide variety of persons in widely varying … ; ; 15 $1.50

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Chapter Eighteen Assessment and Treatment of Children Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse offers reflections on the treatment of victims, discussing topics such as the importance of counselling, … ; ; 9 $0.90

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Chapter Nineteen Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse examines the methods for preventing child sexual abuse. The chapter discusses topics such as the evolving dangers of the internet and social … ; ; 11 $1.10

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The Epilogue reflects on the past, present, and future of bringing justice and protecting children from sexual abuse. ; ; 4 $0.40

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A glossary of terms used throughout the book. ; ; 8 $0.80