Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Youth

Alarming Statistics: One Out of Three Runaways is a Victim of Exploitation.

Every year on average, there are over 5,000 cases of missing children reported to law enforcement in Quebec. Runaways account for nearly 90% of all these cases and involve youth between the ages of 12-17. The reasons why youth run away are complex, but are generally associated with them attempting to gain some control over their lives. While most runaways return home within a few days, a smaller number of youth may spend periods of time on the street, in shelters or other unfamiliar environments.

Youth become vulnerable as soon as they leave home – potentially falling victim to substance abuse, theft, crime, homelessness and sexual exploitation. Child sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of minors and involves youth being manipulated into exchanging sexual favours for money, shelter, clothing, drugs, food, transportation, love or acceptance.

The sexual exploitation of teens can take many forms: prostitution, pornography, stripping, dancing topless, escort services and erotic massages. It is important to note that all forms of sexual exploitation are illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada and should be reported immediately.

Victims can be of any age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or religion. Exploiters target and prey on the vulnerability of young people and groom them by gaining their trust and promising a better and more glamorous life.

Ce matin, nous sommes fiers de vous présenter les membres de notre merveilleuse équipe qui travaille à ramener les enfants à la maison et à prévenir les disparitions! Comme vous pourrez le constater aujourd’hui, chaque membre porte la couleur bleue, symbole de la journée de sensibilisation de l’autisme. #autismawarenessday #autismawareness #autismawarenessmonth

Today we are proud to introduce to you each member of our wonderful team, who are working day in and day out to help bring missing children home and prevent disappearances! As you can see, we are all wearing blue today as a symbol of autism awareness day. #autismawarenessday #autismawareness #autismawarenessmonth
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As part of Autism Awareness Month the Missing Children’s Network is joining the movement to spread kindness and awareness. Over the month of April we will be posting various resources and publications and encourage you to share them.

Presently many youth with autism and their families are being directly impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. We know many parents and caregivers are looking for ways to explain the current situation to their children and maintaining a routine, while school is out. We would like to share some resources and information to assist you all during these unprecedented times.

www.autismspeaks.org/covid-19-information-and-resources
nationalautismassociation.org/covid-19-resources-for-families/Afin de prendre part au Mois de l’autisme, le Réseau Enfants-Retour se joint au mouvement de sensibilisation. Au courant du mois d’avril, nous allons publier plusieurs messages et ressources et vous encourageons à les partager par la suite!

À l’heure actuelle, plusieurs jeunes autistes et leurs familles sont affectés directement par la pandémie de Covid-19. Nous savons que plusieurs parents et gardiens sont à la recherche de moyens adaptés pour expliquer la situation à leurs enfants, tout en gardant une routine alors que les écoles sont fermées. Nous souhaitons partager avec vous des ressources et informations pertinentes qui pourraient vous être utiles lors de cette période sans précédent.

www.autisme.qc.ca/la-boite-a-outils/sante-et-interventions-specialisees.html
autisme-montreal.com/covid-19/
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