2014 Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness

The 118th Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (N.E.T.) is proud to be a member of the Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) in Edmonton. This year, we are very pleased to be hosting the 2014 Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness.

This year’s theme is: Taking Action #YEGsecret Exposed!

Details of the week’s events can be found at www.dlsfilm.com

We have some incredible keynote speakers lined up this year, including Noni Classen from the Canadian Centre of Child Protection and Kathryn Bolkovac whose story is featured in the Hollywood film “The Whistle Blower.” The events are a great opportunity to explore the roots of sexual exploitation within our culture, and they provide the skills and knowledge to help us take action!

This year’s week of awareness comes at time of great opportunity for Canada, as citizens have an opportunity to impact the creation of new laws around the sex trade in this country. The Bedford case began in Ontario with three sex workers who were concerned about the laws around prostitution, and successfully argued that the laws violated their constitutional rights and made their work environments unsafe. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and resulted in the highest court in the land striking down the country’s anti-prostitution laws. The Supreme Court gave Parliament one year to come up with new legislation. There has been a lot of debate about the direction to take the new laws, including the legalisation of sex work and the abolition of the sex trade through the Nordic model.

N.E.T. believes that to reduce and prevent crime, we need to work to together as a community to better understand issues so that we can collectively act to address them. One of the best ways for us as Canadians and Edmontonians to impact this issue is first to understand it. We encourage you to check out all of the amazing events happening during the 2014 Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness, and get involved in the many actions that are already underway.
The events are:

Conference: Taking Action; #Yegsecret exposed

Public Event: A Hard Talk Panel on Rape Culture

Film Screening: Buying Sex

Film Screening: The Whistleblower

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Alec Stratford
Alec Stratford is a social worker with the City of Edmonton and a member of a specialized Neighbourhood Empowerment Team working in the 118th Ave area. Alec and his partners Constable Kurtis Hauptman and Cassie Smith work with the community to identify and implement ways to reduce and prevent crime and the fear of crime.
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