URGENT CALL TO ACTION
National Call to Prayer
For Canadian Government as they consider new prostitution legislation
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy: delver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4
Call to Prayer
This is a critical time in the history of Canada as we seek to end modern-day slavery. As our government leaders give consideration to new prostitution legislation, pray that they will make decisions to protect vulnerable women, children and men. Pray that our leaders will listen to the voices of Canadians who stand up for the oppressed. Pray for clear, concise laws that criminalize the buyer and decriminalize the victim. Decriminalizing victims allows for them to access needed supports for recovery and the removal of barriers to participating fully in our society.
Scriptures to guide our prayers
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” Isaiah 59:1
“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.” Psalm 72:12-14
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
The C&MA Position on Prostitution
The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada believes:
In the inherent dignity and value of all women, men and children made in the image of God
Prostitution is a form of sexual exploitation, oppression and violence especially against women and children and seriously undermines their dignity and value
Prostitution is detrimental to a healthy society
The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada is therefore committed to the abolition of prostitution by:
- raising awareness and public education on prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking
- advocating for stronger legal and social deterrents to eliminate both the illicit demand for and the selling of sex
- developing resources to empower our congregations to take action against prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking
Summary of Supreme Court Ruling
The Supreme Court of Canada delivered a landmark unanimous decision in the case of Attorney General of Canada v. Terri Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott. Canada’s highest court has ruled that three provisions of Canada’s Criminal Code, s. 210 (keeping or being found in a bawdy house), s. 212(1)(j) (living on the avails of prostitution), and s. 213(1)(c) (communicating in public for the purpose of prostitution) violate the s. 7 right to security of the person protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All three laws have been struck down.
This case was initiated in 2007 by three Ontario sex workers: Terri Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott. The applicants asked the court to strike down the three provisions of the Criminal Code because they violate sex workers’ constitutional right to security of the person.
The Court has given Parliament one year to respond by either upholding the Court ruling or by creating new laws.
Call to Prayer Resources
CALL TO ACTION
"The Government of Canada is seeking the public's input on the criminal law's response to adult prostitution (i.e. the sale and purchase of sexual services from persons 18 years of age or older). This online consultation is open from February 17 to March 17, 2014."
Click the link below to participate in the questionnaire
For inquiries click here to contact Glendyne Gerrard.
With the rise of the oil and gas industry in Grande Prairie, there has been an influx of men with disposable incomes in this Northern Alberta city. The arrival of more men and more money in Grande Prairie has contributed to the rise of prostitution and drug trafficking. “As the cash from the oil and gas industry flowed into northwest Albertan communities, so did the sex trade and social problems more commonly seen in larger cities.
Yet, as the purchase of sex has grown in Grande Prairie, there are also several initiatives stepping up to provide support to women who are involved in this industry, as well as housing and counselling for those who are able to exit.
Click here for a PDF that offers a snapshot of prostitution in Grande Prairie, along with specific prayer requests for people involved and the organizations who are helping people affected by prostitution.
We've developed a toolkit for people who are excited to take the next step in helping to defend dignity. This kit contains resources that will fully equip you to become another voice advocating and educating others to get involved.
If you suspect someone is being sexually trafficked or exploited please contact Crime Stoppers 1.800.222.8477 or call the Human Trafficking National Crisis Line 1.866.528.7109
Welcome to Defend Dignity
Because you are checking out our site, we hope that means you want to get involved in standing for justice for women in Canada. Every woman in this country deserves our defense. Prostituted women and those at risk are voiceless and vulnerable.
You can do something to change this. Take the next step and get involved in even one thing because…..Together we can end prostitution!