Pathways In & Out of Sexual Exploitation: The Role of FASD

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella diagnostic term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can have lifelong effects that present ongoing challenges to people living with it.

FASD is a ‘spectrum’ disorder because it crosses every sector of the population and affects different people in different ways. Each condition and its diagnosis is based on individual characteristics and features that may be physical, cognitive, or behavioural in nature.

FASD is more common than many people realize: it is a leading preventable developmental disability in Canada. Conservative estimates suggest that FASD affects 9 in every 1,000 babies born in Canada. There are at least 300,000 Canadians and 46,000 Albertans living with FASD. Forty per cent of Albertans report knowing someone with FASD or someone caring for an individual with FASD. Many will never be formally diagnosed.

To help front-line workers understand more about the disorder, the Sexual Exploitation Working Group is presenting a Lunch and Learn workshop Jan. 31.

The workshop, Pathways In & Out of Sexual Exploitation: The Role of FASD, will cover the basics of the disorder and discuss strategies for helping clients cope with its specific challenges.

Lisa Rogozinsky and Brittany Durant, of the Edmonton Area Fetal Alcohol Network, will discus
FASD and how the condition affects the vulnerability of people at risk of being sexually exploited.

“This will be a sort of FASD 101,” said Durant.

“We’ll go through assessment and diagnosis, strategies for working with individuals and tactics for prevention.”

“It’s important to understand the vulnerability specific to kids who have FASD and how easy it would be to have them fall in to exploitation,” said Durant.

This workshop will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the MacEwan University Robbins Health Learning Centre (10910 – 104 Ave) in classroom 9 – 207/208.

To register for this event, click here.

For more information, or questions, email edmontonsewg@gmail.com.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and a light snack will be provided.