REACH Edmonton

The causes and impacts of sexual exploitation affect everyone. This complex social issue disproportionately affects youth, LGBTQ persons, Indigenous, immigrant and refugee groups.

In Edmonton, this issue is addressed by a collaborative of community partners, law enforcement, municipal and provincial government, and REACH Edmonton who together form the Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG).

"Sexual exploitation has many root causes such as age, poverty, addictions, prior childhood abuse or neglect," said Kathleen Quinn, chair of the SEWG. "It is important to recognize the causes and impacts of sexual exploitation on a community."

The SEWG is set to host Edmonton's annual Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness, April 18-22.

The goal of this week is to share information and raise awareness of the contributing factors to exploitation, available community supports and the lasting effects it can leave on both an individual and the community as a whole.

"By hosting a range of activities throughout the week, we aim to provide a welcoming space for collaboration," said Quinn. "This will in turn, help us effect meaningful change and find solutions to ending sexual exploitation in our city."

Edmonton's Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness Activities:

Opening Ceremonies

April 18, 12 p.m. (Noon) - 1 p.m. at CBC Stage, City Centre Mall

Join dignitaries, community leaders and Edmontonians as they come together to inform, empower and inspire our community to stop sexual exploitation.

Speakers include Lindsay Daniller (REACH Edmonton), Kathleen Quinn (CEASE), Elder Tom Snow, Councillor Scott McKeen and Inspector Dwayne Lakusta (EPS).

From Personal to Political: My Journey with Sexual Exploitation

April 21, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Santa Maria Goretti Centre

A free, public event featuring keynote speaker Kathy King and moderator Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.

This discussion will cover the dynamics of exploitation, the dynamics of vulnerability in families today, the dynamics of denial in community and the monumental shift of consciousness that must occur in order to create universal equality and respect for women.

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Collaborative Efforts for Change Conference

April 21-22 at Santa Maria Goretti Centre

This one and a half day professional conference will explore and discuss collaborative efforts for change. Participants will experience keynote speakers Karen Bruno and Aaron Paquette, as well as engaging panelists and workshop presenters.

Day one workshops include self-care for frontline workers, sexualized racism and sexual abuse of boys and men. Day two workshops include building men's capacity, trauma recovery and the value and limitations of the PSECA legislation. View the full schedule for more details.

Three cost options: $80 for both days; $65 for day one; $40 for day two.

Register online now!