The ready availability of Child Pornography puts our children at increased risk!

January 17, 2003


(Ottawa, January 17, 2003) - Tragically, as reported in today's Toronto Star, "Canada is viewed internationally as a safe haven for child pornography" and, in today's Globe and Mail, "Grim images haunt porn police", we can only begin to imagine the damage this abuse inflicts on our children.


"We are concerned that the ready availability of child pornography places Canadian children at an increased risk - and they need our protection," said the Hon. Judith Erola, Chair of the Board of Directors, Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH).


The principles underlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of which Canada is a co-signatory nation, states that "...In all actions concerning children... courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration."(1) The Convention continues to explain that "...Parties take all appropriate measures to prevent... the exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials."(2)


"Children's rights must be protected, safeguarded and the child must be given the utmost priority. We strongly urge the protection of children's rights and best interests over that of adults when the two come into conflict." States Dr. Miriam Levitt, Acting President and CEO of CICH.


CICH supports the position of Ontario Premier Ernie Eves that national collaboration is necessary to combat the problem of child pornography and are encouraged that the Ontario government is taking such a strong position on this issue.


1 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 3 (1).
2 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 34 (c).


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Miriam Levitt
Acting President & CEO,
Canadian Institute of Child Health



The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) has been making a difference to the health of Canada's children for more than 25 years. As the only national charitable organization dedicated solely to improving the health, well-being and rights of children and youth, the Institute's work has had a profound impact on the policies and practices of caring for children. CICH's three core areas of focus are: monitoring child health; educating professionals, caregivers and policy-makers; and advocating for legislation and policies that improve child health.




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