In the news: Pandemic leads to rise in reports of online exploitation
Pictured (Left to right): Emma Callon, Counsellor/Advocate in our Anti-Human Trafficking Program, and Nicky Carswell, Coordinator of our Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Image Credit: Waterloo Region Record/Chris Seto
Recently, the Waterloo Region Record covered an alarming trend noticed by staff in our Anti Human Trafficking Program - an increase in referrals relating to online exploitation. Between April 1 and June 30, 11 per cent of referrals received by our Centre were related to online exploitation. Between July 1 and September 30, this number rose to a staggering 30 per cent.
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Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Human trafficking happens in our communities, so what do we need to know to keep our families safe? This workshop will provide participants with foundational knowledge about human trafficking. We will break down myths and facts about sexual exploitation and provide you with resources for supporting someone who is being trafficked. We will also talk about where to find reliable information about human trafficking and how to avoid misinformation.
Understanding Online Exploitation:
A Workshop For Caring Adults
Date (Session 1): Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Time (Session 1): 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Date (Session 2): Thursday, November 19, 2020 Time (Session 2): 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
With increased time online and the constantly changing landscape of social media it can be hard to navigate conversations with youth in our lives about virtual spaces in general. Add in the element of addressing exploitation and the challenge can be even greater. But exploiters commonly use social media, apps, games and other online spaces to cause harm and groom young people into sex trafficking. In this workshop we will discuss online exploitation and offer ideas for how to broach the topic with youth.
Exciting news! SASC is Social Venture Partner Waterloo Region's 10th investee!
Did you hear the great news? SASC was chosen as Social Venture Partner Waterloo Region's 10th investee! We are THRILLED to work alongside the partners at SVP; their expertise, creativity, and connections will help us transform and grow in an amazing way!!
Rose Greensides, SVPWR’s Executive Director, presents Sara Casselman, SASC's Executive Director, with a balloon bouquet to mark the start of a great partnership.
Thanks to our INCREDIBLE supporters, we have REACHED our initial goal of $20,000 for the SASC Virtual Halloween Fun Run!!
With just days left to go, we are taking a BIG leap of faith and increasing our fundraising target to $30,000. You can cheer on our 80+ participants with a donation today. Your gift directly supports wrap around services for survivors of sexual violence during a time of great need.
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This Saturday, be sure to visit our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to follow our participants as they run, walk and roll 5K in support of survivors.
In case you missed it, our talented Manager of Services celebrated her 20th year at SASC on October 16th. We had a few words to share about her on this important day. Check out the video below for more!