Do you Feel Abused, Exploited or Unsafe?
Addressing the needs of trafficked, sexually exploited and prostituted women and girls.
Do you Feel Abused, Exploited or Unsafe?
Canada’s prostitution law decriminalizes prostituted and sexually-exploited women and girls. Women and girls need to know they will not be arrested for selling their own sexual services. However, men must understand that sex purchasing is a criminal offence. If you are afraid of your partner, pimp, john or sugar daddy, and regularly change your behaviour, opinions or choices due to fear of consequences or reprisals, you may be abused. It is never acceptable to live in fear and/or be trapped, exploited, trafficked or controlled by another person in any way. If you are experiencing any form of abuse by your partner, pimp, john or sugar daddy, you are not alone. The London Abused Women’s Centre is just a click or phone call away. We will work with you to create a customized safety plan that provides possible strategies that can help you be safer and prepared in advance for the possibility of any further violence or abuse.
About The Programs
Women and girls often feel shame and blame when they are abused and/or sexually assaulted. Society perpetuates the myth that it is the fault of women and girls when they are abused and assaulted; they should have or could have done something to prevent their own victimization. The only person responsible, the person who should feel shame and blame, is the perpetrator(s).
The Choices Program
The London Abused Women’s Centre, in partnership with Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services has created the Choices Program.
The Choices Program provides prostituted, trafficked and sexually exploited women and girls with:
- Long-term woman-centred support, trauma informed counselling and advocacy
- Drop-in program and support groups
- Safety plans and referrals to housing, income support, substance use and mental health counselling, education, job training and criminal conviction pardons
- Family support and re-integration
- Crisis counselling and outreach support
- Assistance with basic needs
- Assistance with transportation and support at appointments
The Phoenix Program
The London Abused Women’s Centre, in partnership with Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited, has created the Phoenix Program.
The Phoenix Program provides prostituted, trafficked and sexually exploited women and girls with:
- Long-term, women-centred, trauma-informed counselling, support, advocacy, safety planning and exit plans
- Transitional support and system navigation to access income support, substance use and mental health counselling, education and job training
- Prevention groups to increase awareness about recruitment tactics/luring/trafficking to prevent exploitation of at-risk girls/youth/young women
- Support accessing safe housing
- Support for families of prostituted, trafficked and/or sexually exploited women and girls
- Practical assistance with immediate needs including accompaniment at legal and medical appointments
- Individualized care for youth ages 12-24 that have been impacted by or are at risk of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking
- Financial support available to access housing
The London Abused Women’s Centre names the brutalities committed against women and girls as male violence against women. This places responsibility for the abuse where it belongs. When phrases like “abusive relationship,” “bad relationship,” or “relationship problems” are used, it falsely implies both parties in the relationship are responsible for the abuse. This feeds into the myth that victims have contributed to, or are responsible for, their own abuse.
The London Abused Women’s Centre’s Shine the Light on Woman Abuse public awareness and educational outreach campaign highlights the importance of naming the problem. In naming the problem, society will shift the shame and blame women may feel to the perpetrator(s) of their abuse. That’s where it belongs.
Sugar Baby Relationships
Canada’s prostitution law decriminalizes prostituted and sexually-exploited women and girls. Women and girls need to know they will not be arrested for selling their own sexual services. However, men must understand that sex purchasing is a criminal offence. If you have a sugar daddy or are trying to find a sugar daddy, and he is trying to coerce you into sex in exchange for money, his actions are illegal. Websites aimed at connecting young women with a sugar daddy are not the answer. If you feel that you are in any type of danger or find yourself trapped in a sugar baby relationship, the London Abused Women’s Centre is here to help you create a safety plan and build an exit strategy.
A Safety Plan
If you feel unsafe, abused or exploited, the London Abused Women’s Centre will stand with you and help develop a safety plan for you. The London Abused Women’s Centre will help you even in your most difficult times. You are not alone as you seek to be free from abuse and assault. Counselling, advocacy, support and safety planning will help you be safer. A safety plan involves mapping out actions to increase your overall safety and the safety of your children by preparing in advance for the possibility of further and/or escalated abuse and violence.
Each safety plan is specially designed for the individual and for actions that you can take. However, safety plans must be revised regularly as abusers often shift tactics they use suddenly and quickly. Know that you are not alone and there is help available to you when you need it.
The London Abused Women’s Centre provides hope and help. Reach out today.
If you feel abused, exploited or unsafe the London Abused Women’s Centre can provide safety planning and woman-centered, trauma-informed counselling, support and advocacy. We can help.
Choosing the Nordic Model: Championing Women’s Equality and Human Rights
Technical Paper: Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act
Sex Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation: Keeping Youth Safe – For Service Providers