Steps to Freedom from Sexual Exploitation
The first step is becoming aware.
On Monday, the City of Edmonton lit the High Level bridge orange, and all week Edmontonians have been wearing orange clothing and orange ribbons. Why? Because it’s Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness, and wearing orange shows support for the prevention and elimination of sexual exploitation. Orange is also the colour of freedom, and groups like DECSA, CEASE, and SEWG work with people who have histories of sexual exploitation to find growth and freedom.
What is sexual exploitation?
Sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of a person through the exchange of sex or sexual acts for drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money.
Have you been sexually exploited?
- Been exposed to a sexual environment where you felt pressured?
- Worked as an escort, erotic masseuse, or phone sex operator?
- Sold or traded yourself for basic needs to survive?
- Been forced to perform sex or sexual acts in person or online for money, drugs, or alcohol?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you have been sexually exploited.
Whether sexual exploitation is part of your past or present, and whether you’re male or female, including transgendered individuals, DECSA can help. For more information, contact us at 780-474-2500.