Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional and/or sexual mistreatment or lack of care (neglect) that causes injury or emotional damage to a child or youth. It is a horrific crime that many people do not want to think or talk about, and this needs to change.
Children who have been abused are more likely to have adverse physical and mental health issues later in life, such as substance abuse, mental and physical health challenges, and chronic disease.
Child abuse is not a new issue.
Child abuse has happened before and is happening here, now, in your neighbourhood—maybe even to someone you know. Help prevent it from happening to someone else.
Numbers by Gender
Between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2018, the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre assessed 7,900 infants, children and youth
(average of 125 cases per month).
5% Transgender and Unknown
Less Than 1 Year Old*
1-3 years old
4-7 years old
8-11 years old
12-15 years old
16-17 years old
*In addition, 2,329 infants were assessed through the Alberta Vulnerable Infant Response Team (AVIRT) since April 1, 2013.
Types of abuse experienced
Because the SKCAC assesses ALL cases of sexual abuse, a higher rate of sexual abuse is represented at the SKCAC than is seen in the general population.
**Other includes emotional abuse, medical child abuse and sexual exploitation.