April 18, 2013 (EDMONTON, AB) - Join members of the Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) as they bring awareness to the effects of sexual exploitation on both our community and city with the launch of the 2013 Edmonton Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness in correspondence with National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 22-26. The SEWG will be hosting a series of events to recognize this week of awareness.
The proclamation will take place April 22 at CBC Centre Stage (City Centre Mall) from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The opening ceremonies will see dignitaries, community leaders and Edmontonians come together to inform, challenge, empower and inspire our community to collaborate and stop sexual exploitation.
A public event, Paying for Sex: the Community Impact, will be held April 24 at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will focus discussions around: why men buy sex, civil responsibility, police strategies to curb the demand and actions communities can take.
The week of awareness will conclude with a two-day professional conference, We All Have A Role: Ending Sexual Exploitation in Edmonton, April 25-26 at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre. Keynote speakers include Dr. Sue McIntyre, Lewis Cardinal, Crown Prosecutor Craig Kriegar and Trauma Counsellor John Walker. Panellists will include representatives from both the EPS Vice Unit and PSECA.
"This year we are increasing our focus on males, both as consumers and as exploited persons. We'll also be focusing on the impact of the Internet as a vehicle for exploitation," said SEWG Chair, Kate Quinn. "We want to equip frontline workers, family members, teachers and community members with knowledge and tools to prevent sexual exploitation and to intervene when vulnerable persons are being harmed."
Representatives of the SEWG encourage everyone to wear something orange throughout the week of awareness as it symbolizes change, energy and the warmth of compassion.
For more information, please visit http://reachedmonton.ca/content/sexual-exploitation-working-group-sewg
About the Sexual Exploitation Working Group
The Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) is an Edmonton-based leadership group collaborating to create awareness of sexual exploitation and its causes and impacts. The SEWG is concerned for those who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation (including sex trafficking) due to age, financial desperation, migration, homelessness, prior childhood abuse or neglect, mental or physical health conditions, intergenerational trauma, addictions or any other circumstance that contributes to vulnerability. The SEWG is comprised of representatives from a variety of community agencies including REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, CEASE: Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation, ACT Alberta, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, the Edmonton Police Service, the City of Edmonton, the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, Catholic Social Services and Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services Region 6.
About REACH Edmonton
REACH is Edmonton's Council for Safe Communities. As a backbone, community-based organization, REACH works to mobilize and coordinate organizations, community groups and Edmontonians to find innovative solutions to prevention and community safety. REACH is the backbone organization of the Sexual Exploitation Working Group.
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