What is Defend Dignity all about?
Since 2010, Defend Dignity has been working to help end sexual exploitation in all its forms.
Commercial sexual exploitation includes prostitution, strip clubs, escorts, massage parlours and pornography. All involve the selling and buying of sexual services which undermine the dignity of women, men and children and are detrimental to a healthy society.
In Canada, Indigenous women & girls and children in care are vastly over-represented in prostitution.
Defend Dignity believes:
- in the inherent dignity and value of all women, men and children made in the image of God.
- that 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
We raise awareness on the realities of all forms of sexual exploitation through resources and events. This includes Defend Dignity produced videos and written materials, in-person information forums, and our virtual Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit held in 2021 and 2023. Learn more!
Our Aid efforts include our Survivor Support Fund. Since 2015 this fund has provided more than $300,000 in financial support to hundreds of survivors of sexual exploitation. Learn more!
We advocate for law and policy reform with all levels of government as well as encourage the general public to express support for laws that fight sexual exploitation. We also challenge corporations to adopt policies that help curb sexual exploitation. Learn more!
Defend Dignity's staff and advisory team consists of dedicated individuals from all across Canada. Learn about each member of our team, their background, and passions!