Youth, community to discuss sexual exploitation in Edmonton

Youth, community to discuss sexual exploitation in Edmonton

April 22, 2015 (EDMONTON, AB) - Join the Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) and Councillor Scott McKeen April 22 for a free, public event.

Shaping the Future Together: Youth Film & Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
City Room, City Hall

Hosted and moderated by Councillor Scott McKeen, the evening will showcase four youth inspired films and a hard talk, panel discussion on youth perspectives of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The evening will conclude with an overview of the ACT Alberta Community Action Plan.

"We often forget how powerful our youth voices can be. When they speak up we need to listen," said Councillor Scott McKeen. "These films are their voice and the message is loud and clear, we need to work together to put an end to sexual exploitation."

Panelists include Erin Harding, PSECA Regional Manager; Detective Kurt Phulmann, Edmonton Police Service - Vice Unit; Rachelle Venne, Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women; Kim York, PSECA Community Followup Worker; Tanys and Courtney, youth involved with the films.

The event will be webcasted. It can be streamed live here.

The SEWG partnered with Inner City High School to create two films:

Grace
View the film here. This film captures the myths that youth hear about sexual exploitation as well as highlights how youth may become involved in sexual exploitation.

Man Up
View the film here. This film speaks to males and encourages them to play a role in ending sexual exploitation.

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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 a collaborative of community partners, law enforcement, municipal and provincial government, and REACH Edmonton.

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.

For more information, contact:
Brittany Lewchuk
Communications Coordinator
REACH Edmonton
780-691-6745
brittany.lewchuk@reachedmonton.ca