Sexual exploitation, and its related factors, remains a significant issue within our region. It can happen on many levels, and is a crime that Edmontonians face in today’s world. We continue to hear about the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the need to create a consent culture and the push to provide a safe place for youth and adults to discuss sexual and gender identities. This is the time for a change in attitude and action. To increase knowledge and mindfulness, the City of Edmonton will declare Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness (SEWA) starting Monday, April 20.
As part of the 2015 SEWA opening ceremony and proclamation on Monday, April 20, noon, at City Centre Mall, a short film will be shown that documents youth perspectives on sexual exploitation. To accompany the video, a campaign on the same topic will also be made public for all Edmontonians to see how this issue affects everyone, including Edmonton’s youth. By listening to what youth are experiencing, we can take action and help end sexual exploitation.
Other events throughout the week include:
Hearing stories and accounts from those affected from sexual exploitation helps Edmontonians understand where we can make crucial changes in our communities to create lasting changes to end sexual exploitation.
For more information and details on events, visit the Sexual Exploitation Working Group through social media: