Sexual exploitation of children in Quebec: young people investigate

In the framework of the “Parole aux jeunes (PAJ)” project, several young people volunteered this summer to collect information from people of their own age on various subjects such as consent, the influence of social networks or interpersonal and gender relations. On 9 November, a meeting was organised to present the results of this study to the other members of the PAJ project and to draw conclusions. 

About fifteen young people, members of the Maison Des Jeunes de Mercier-Ouest and Collège Notre Dame de Côte des Neiges, were present. Divided into small groups, they analysed the graphs based on the data collected during the summer. For example, one of the graphs described the main source of information for young people in relation to consent (at school, websites, etc.). Several differences could be observed depending on the age or gender of the respondent. The aim was to understand these figures, to put forward hypotheses that could explain them and then to propose related recommendations. Each group was able to present its results and invite the others to collaborate and propose additional ideas. 


These recommendations will then be completed and further developed with the rest of the youth involved in the PAJ project throughout the year. At the end of the project, in the spring of 2023, the recommendations formulated by the young people will be presented to the people responsible for the prevention and fight against sexual exploitation in Quebec and disseminated more widely in the province. 


The “Parole aux jeunes (PAJ)” project  

The PAJ project aims to better prevent and combat the sexual exploitation of children and youth in Quebec, by allowing young people in the province (between 14 and 17 years old) to formulate recommendations for more effective prevention tools that are better adapted to their reality, based on the premise that they are in the best position to determine what works and what doesn’t work for them. 

For more information on the project  


This project is made possible through the financial support of City of Montréal and  Ministère de la justice du gouvernement.

Proud partner of the City of Montreal’s Children’s Policy.

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