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That's a smart answer to a tricky quetosin
As far back as I can remember I have been sexually abused. I want my story to be shared so people can be aware of the terrible things that go on in even the most 'perfect' families. I want to help kids with these situations as well. It makes me sick what was done to me and what is done to children everywhere every day.
The sex trade has affected old friends of mine, one sexualy abused as child, one coherced by pimps, one overweight outcast, one adopted and ignored, and I also in my young adulthood knew pimps. As I have aged I just wish that there was something I could do for girls and young women who are taken in and abused for sex. I went to a college where the conversation was about speaking with a prostitute and she had explained that she was doing it for the money. My hopes is that though I was chastised for speaking otherwise that these students now know the truth. What saddens me even more is that people look down on these girls even when they come off the street, receive counsel, and become part of the general public. People unfortunately are sick enough to verbally abuse these ex victims. I think if our country actually put in laws that would keep the child abusers out of the general public, and the johns would be charged for buying humans maybe it would start slowing down. What police and social services are now recognizing the rest of us knew a long time ago. Many kids are looking for justice.
@Barb @Amanda Flamand @Marie Thank you Barb for bringing back the conversation to the victims not our own opinions or differences. Love all the enthusiasm! This needs to happen. We do need to talk about it. The more people know the better. Thank you to all who are sharing their stories.
I am so happy to see this campaign. As a 16 year old I left an abusive home and ended up of the street There I was sexually abused/exploited by men, sometimes for money but often for things in kind, like food and a place to sleep. I hated it but I withstood it anyways, for lack of any other way I knew of to survive. If that sounds sick it's because it is, except that for years I thought I was the sick one for "letting it happen". Today, however, I'm in therapy and working on my recovery from what happened to me back then, and am realizing that I'm not the sick one. The men who used me sexually are. I'm so glad that your campiagn stresses this point so clearly. On the subject of prostitution I am dismayed that our courts have been leaning toward legalizing the practice. For children and adults alike, those engaged in it hardly have a choice, and if they do its not much of one. Legalizing it will not improve their lot, only worsen it, since legitimizing prostitution can only re-enforce what it is fundamentally wrong with it, that being the buying and selling of another human being. That said, the criminal onus should be removed from the people being prostituted and placed soley on the men who buy sex. They have a choice that women and children who are being sexually exploited don't have.
@ RICH, i agree with you that not all sexual abuse cases are males, and the other part needs to be adressed as well, in saying this though males are majority at fault and need to accept responsability for thier actions, everyone needs to be aware that this happens and starting with the majority is just that a start, sexual expliotation happens to male females and is done by both sex all races, age groups etc, no matter who it is done to by whatever gender it is wrong and it is wrong to have sex with a child and it is our job to protect the children, what happened to was wrong and i am sorry you wen through that it shouls have never happened. know that we all as adults need to take responabilty and protect children and that is what stopsexwithkids.ca is trying to say.
I live in Wpg's North End and see no more advertising from this campaign. I think people have taken down all the postings. I would definetely be more than happy to completely blanket the north end with posters!!!
I just wanted to say after reading briefly some of the comments out there, that we are all human, male/female aside, and that this issue needs to be dealt with to protect the children. We can get upset at others for their choice of wording, or feel that a certain group is being blamed, but the bottom line, is that we have to look at the heart of the matter, and it is the children, boys and girls alike, that are being abused and taken advantage of. By setting our differences aside, and not debating each others views, just think of how much more energy we could all focus on helping the victims. Let's not forget what this is all truly about. The Children.
I agree with many on this site, no organization, such as this one, will enjoy 100% credibility while it promotes this heinous crime as being the sole domain of men. I speak from personal experience, as a young lad I was sexually abused by an older woman. However, when I tried to get this addressed I met with the " Good for you lad " comments, if you can appreciate what I mean by that. Women ARE offenders, cases come to light when we hear of female teachers having " affairs " with male, even female, students. Let's get the WHOLE problem recognized and addressed...NOT 98% of it!
Congratulations on an excellent campaign and thank you for your courage, your in-your-face message, and your bluntness. It's says "pay attention!" beautifully.
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