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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.


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Age Verification on Pornography Sites

Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne has introduced Bill S-203 in the Senate Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Act.  You can read it here.

The purpose of this Act is to protect public health and public safety and, in particular, to

  1. Protect the mental health of young persons by restricting their access to sexually explicit material;
  2. Protect Canadians – in particular, young persons and women – from the harmful effects of the exposure of young persons to sexually explicit material, including demeaning material and material depicting sexual violence; and
  3. Deter anyone who makes sexually explicit material available on the Internet for commercial purposes from allowing young persons to access that material.

You can support this proposed legislation!

  1. Sign this petition to call upon the House of Commons to adopt Bill S-203, Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Act.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-2884

  1. Send an email letter of support to Sen. Miville-Dechêne. As well, a letter will go to Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Senators from your region of the country asking them to support the Bill. See the form below

FIRST, add a few lines of your own comments in the letter.  This ensures the letter is read.


Vérification de l’âge sur les sites pornographiques

La sénatrice Julie Miville-Dechêne a déposé le projet de loi S-203 au Sénat  Loi sur la protection des jeunes contre l’exposition à la pornographie. Vous pouvez le lire ici.

La présente loi a pour objet de protéger la santé et la sécurité publiques, et notamment :
  1. de protéger la santé mentale des jeunes en limitant leur accès au matériel sexuellement explicite;
  2. de protéger les Canadiens, en particulier les jeunes et les femmes, contre les répercussions néfastes de l’exposition des jeunes à du matériel sexuellement explicite, y compris du matériel dégradant et du matériel qui présente de la violence sexuelle;
  3. de dissuader quiconque rend accessible du matériel sexuellement explicite sur Internet à des fins commerciales de permettre à des jeunes d’accéder à ce matériel.

Vous pouvez soutenir ce projet de loi!

    1. Signez cette pétition pour demander à la Chambre des communes d'adopter le projet de loi S-203, Loi sur la protection des jeunes contre l'exposition à la pornographie.

        https://petitions.noscommunes.ca/fr/Petition/Sign/e-2884

        2. Envoyez une lettre de soutien par courriel au sénateur Miville-Dechêne. De plus, une lettre sera envoyée à l'hon. Bill Blair, ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile et les sénateurs de votre région du pays leur demandent d'appuyer le projet de loi. Voir le formulaire ci-dessous.

        Tout d'abord, veuillez ajouter quelques mots personnels à la lettre. Cela ira chercher plus d'attention si vous le faites.


        Protecting Canada’s Prostitution Laws


        To learn more about advocating to protect Canada's prostitution laws click the button below.

        Protect Prostitution Laws


        Ways to Get Involved

        Advocacy Handbook


        Want to learn more about advocacy? Read our handbook.

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        Press Releases


        Read our past press releases to see how we engage with issues around sexual exploitation.

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        Bill C-36


        Watch this Parliamentary Committee video about Bill C-36, Canada's prostitution legislation.

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        Choose Change


        Send an email through the Choose Change website to 6 Canadian companies asking them to reduce the ease of access to sexually violent online images.

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        Volunteer


        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.

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        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.

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        Campaigns



        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.

        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 October 1, 2020.

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