Justice Institute of B.C.

Prevention

Preventing sexual exploitation is an important goal that many services in BC work toward through education and action.  Knowledge about specific risk factors and how they interact in the lives of youth can help with designing programs for youth and their families.  Prevention programs are needed to educate youth and communities about how sexual exploitation happens.  It is also needed to address all of the factors that contribute to sexual exploitation, including poverty, violence, drug and alcohol use, and our societal norms and values.

Resources

Workshops

Project Respect

This is a project aimed at addressing sexualized violence through educating and empowering youth about the significance of respectful, mutually consenting sexual experiences.

 

Safe Teen

Safe Teen offers interactive workshops for school-aged boys and girls, aimed at giving them skills to deal with issues such as relationship violence, gender roles, bullying, fear, and anger.

 

TCO2 (Taking Care of Ourselves and Taking Care of Others)

These dynamic workshops are developed by youth for youth and are aimed at giving youth information to prevent them from being sexually exploited.  They address the intersecting factors surrounding sexual exploitation such as drug use, street life and other risk factors.

 

No Means No for Teens

The Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) offers No Means No, which educates youth ages 11 to 17 about sexual assault, consent and their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights.

Guides and Manuals

Being Aware, Taking Care

Being Aware Taking Care is a resource for educators, parents, police and communities. The resource includes information on sexual exploitation, from prevention through to intervention.  It also includes information on how to bring TCO2 (Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others) to your community.  For more information, see Children of the Street Society.   

Posters

These posters are designed by the Capital Region Action Team and are available for download on their website.

 

Children of the Street Society

A limited number of posters on sexual exploitation are available through Children of the Street Society.  Please email them for more information.

 

Download or order a series of posters on issues related to sexual exploitation from the S.A.F.E Society (Shuswap Area Family Emergency Society) website.

Videos

Institute of Safe Schools

Videos are available for borrowing though the Institute of Safe Schools, including Innocent Tricks,  and Stolen Lives: Children in the Sex Trade.  Both videos include information about experiences of recruitment in to sexual exploitation, and strategies for exiting.

 

Urban Rez

This 30-minute video looks at sexual exploitation in the lives of Aboriginal youth in Vancouver.  It was written, directed and produced by native youth in Vancouver’s East Side and is aimed at a youth audience.


Prevention of Online Exploitation

 

Chat Danger

Chat Danger is a site for youth about the potential dangers of interactive online services such as chat, IM, online games, email and mobile phones.  The site includes stories by youth about their experiences and tips as to how to use the net safely.  Produced by Childnet International.

 

Safe OnLine Outreach Society (SOLOS)

SOLOS is a non-profit society based in Mission, BC.  SOLOS’ goal is to create educational material for professionals who serve children and youth and make them aware of the risks to young people on the Internet.  SOLOS offers workshops for youth and adults, as well as a wealth of online resources.

 

Be Web Aware

Information on web safety for youth, including knowing the risks, taking action, and creating safety for children ages 2 to 17.

 

Cyber Breach

Visit the Family Safety section of this informative website to find information about online safety for children, youth and the whole family.

 

Internet 101 Surfing Safety Kit

Developed by the RCMP, this online resource provides parents, teachers and other educators with information on how to teach young people about internet safety.  It also includes a section specifically for youth, featuring age-appropriate tips and activities on how to stay safe online.

 

Bad Guy Patrol

Developed by Alberta Children’s Services, this online resource provides age-appropriate safety information for youth ages 5-7 and 8-10 in fun, dynamic format.  Also includes online safety information for parents.

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