Defend Dignity acts as a catalyst for individuals and churches to end sexual exploitation in Canada. Commercial sexual exploitation includes: pornography, strip clubs, escorts, massage parlors and prostitution. All involve the selling of sexual services, which undermine the dignity of women, men and children and are detrimental to a healthy society.
We can use all kinds of skills in this effort to end sexual exploitation.
First Response Bags
What is a First Response Bag? It’s a bag of items totaling $250 for a survivor of exploitation. These items are intended to meet immediate needs. Check with your police or Victim Services Coordinator in your region to see if these bags would be of use.
The purpose of the First Response Bag is to be a gift given to young girls or women who are exiting their experience of sexual exploitation.
Would you like to see candy rather than Cosmo in your checkout lane?
Join us in asking Walmart Canada and Loblaw Companies to remove the Cosmopolitan magazine from the checkout lanes of all their stores across Canada.
The goal of the Choose Change campaign is to reduce the ease of access to violent, sexually explicit images. Today’s “adult content” is misogynistic, violent, degrading, racist, and normalizes rape culture.
Sexual exploitation is a crime, and it is often hidden. Those who are being exploited may not see themselves as victims, and may not come forward to law enforcement because of fear of retaliation from their exploiters.
An important focus of Defend Dignity is advocacy for law and policy reform on the issue of sexual exploitation. We invite you to consider ways you can make a difference through engaging with elected officials and companies & organizations.
Ways to Get Involved:
Write a letter to your government representatives on these three issues.
Once you fill in your address, it will automatically select your Member of Parliament.
Harms of Pornography
Send a letter to your MP regarding the harms of pornography with three specific asks.
Implementation of PCEPA
Send a letter to your MP and the Justice Minister to encourage full support of PCEPA (Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act).
Survivor Support Fund
The Defend Dignity Survivor Support Fund was created to provide accessible financial support to individuals who have experienced sexual exploitation in Canada in any form, such as prostitution, sex trafficking, escorting, working in massage parlours and/or strip clubs, survival sex, and/or involvement in pornography.
The Survivor Support Fund will open April 1, 2019.