Counselling for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation on the Internet

Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program

The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program provides short-term, immediate counselling for child victims of Internet sexual exploitation. A victim’s immediate family members may also be eligible

Is this program for me?

If you or someone you know has been affected by Internet child or youth sexual exploitation, this program may be of help.

The Ontario Victim Services Secretariat at the Ministry of the Attorney General has a special program to pay for counselling for survivors of Internet sexual exploitation who were under the age of 18 when the crime took place. The program also offers help to family members.

How does it work?

If you are a survivor, you can be referred to the program – it's called the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program – by someone you trust, a teacher, police officer or victim services worker. Or you can call to ask for help on your own. The phone numbers are 1-855-424-1100 ext. 338, or 416-515-1100 ext. 338 in the Greater Toronto Area. The person who answers your call can help you find a counsellor in your community.

The counsellor you choose will be paid directly by the program once your appointments start.

Survivors can apply for coverage up to $1,500. Members of the survivor's family may also apply, to a limit of $800.

Who is eligible?

If you are a survivor, or a member of the survivor's immediate family, and you need counselling services right away, you can use the program if you do not have other benefits, such as insurance or publicly funded community services.

Your main residence must be in Ontario and the services must be provided within Ontario.

Who can apply?

Survivors and their immediate family members can apply to the program.

Immediate family members include:

  • Birth parent
  • Step parent
  • Adoptive parent
  • Custodial guardian
  • Birth sibling
  • Step sibling
  • Grandparent

How do I find out more, or refer someone who needs help?

To find out more about the program, or to make a referral, contact:

Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling
Program Coordinator
BOOST Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
890 Yonge Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3P4
Tel.: 1 855-424-1100 ext. 338, or 416-515-1100 ext. 338 in the Greater Toronto Area.
Fax: 416-515-1227
Email: ice@boostforkids.org

This Program is part of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children & Youth from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.

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