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. 59338, or 416-515-1100 ext. 59338 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 $1000.
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
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
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
245 Eglinton Ave. E, 2nd Floor
Tel.: 1 855-424-1100 ext. 59338, or 416-515-1100 ext. 59338 in the Greater Toronto Area.
This Program is part of the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children & Youth from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.