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Stuff for Sex Resources Created to Reduce Incidents of Youth Sexual Exploitation

December 31, 2006 - It’s not something that we like to talk about or even think about, but the reality is young people in our urban and rural communities are trading sexual acts for things in return.  They’re doing it for a place to stay, a ride somewhere, or even a pack of smokes. It’s a reality for many young people, yet adults generally have no idea this is happening.It’s called Sexual Exploitation. This is the illegal act of luring or engaging anyone under 18 into the sex trade or pornography, with or without their consent.  The person doing this is in a position of trust or authority and is taking advantage of this trust.  It is a criminal offence and a form of child abuse.  It is not ok.Why is this happening?  Various factors increase a youth’s vulnerability which puts them more at risk to be targeted.  These could include:

  • Seeking a sense of identity or belonging
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • Having low self-esteem/self worth
  • Survived past abuse
  • Are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless
  • Disconnected relationships with friends and family

RISE for Youth is a program created by Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) to Reduce the Incidents of Sexual Exploitation for Youth.  This program has developed youth friendly posters and booklets that provide more information on the topic, and aim to increase awareness in our communities. In partnership with mindyourmind, RISE for Youth is pleased to offer two downloadable posters and an e-version of the brochure with a quiz, for online access to these resources.