Former NHL player says expansion of his sex-abuse centre in the works

CALGARY — Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy says the sexual-abuse support centre that bears his name has been deluged with cases since its opening 13 months ago.

Kennedy, who brought to light sex crimes by one-time junior hockey coach Graham James, says the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre has seen about 120 cases a month.

He says the centre — which brings together police, social workers, medical staff, psychologists and prosecutors under one roof — deals with the very worst cases.

Kennedy says the number of victims coming into the centre underscores the serious problem of child sexual abuse.

He says there are plans to open satellite facilities using the same model in other parts of the province.

The Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton also offers assistance to victims.

 

 

The Canadian Press


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