1 in 9 women and 1 in 20 men sur 20

reported having been sexually assaulted by an adult before the age of 15*.

In almost 9 out of 10 cases,

sexual assaults are committed by a person known to the young victim*.

In 2020, 36.4% of pimping victims

and human trafficking were NOT YET 18 years old at the time the crime occurred**.

And these are just the crime statistics reported to the police…

We are the Inclusion Committee of the Patriots High School. We are fighting against these statistics. We want to promote more diversity in the videos against sexual exploitation and simplify the videos so that all age groups can understand them. We believe that these ideas can make life better for everyone.

  • TARGETING THE AGGRESSOR : Campaigns should not only target victims. The target audiences should be varied: potential abusers, parents, friends, practitioners, children, teenagers and young adults. Make videos from the abuser’s point of view: show what is right and what is wrong. You need to know what is a mistake so that you don’t make it again.
  • LIGHT TONE : Give priority to light-hearted rather than dramatic videos. If the situation shown is realistic, then it will be easier to understand that it is a situation of sexual exploitation. Manipulation can happen even if the context is not ” radical “, as it is often shown in videos.
  • INCLUDE : Vary the ways in which sexual exploitation can manifest itself. Provide examples of situations that may occur in cultural communities (e.g. forced marriage) or LGBTQ+ communities, for example.
  • CONSEQUENCES : Point out the consequences that may happen to the victim. For example, post-traumatic stress or difficulties in accepting affection from others. Again, talk about the consequences for the abuser. Going to prison, not seeing loved ones, feeling guilty, etc.
  • :Prevention initiatives do not contain the signs that lead to sexual exploitation. The importance of a person knowing their limits (and putting them in place), recognising an unhealthy situation or relationship, everything that can be observed to avoid falling into the traps. What should put us on our guard? What are the warning signs?
  • SIMPLE LANGUAGE : Keep the explanations simple, clear and accessible, but do not infantilize us. If we are treated like children, it is obvious that we will not feel targeted. Also, avoid “cool” language, it’s too much!
  • ADAPT AND VARY THE FORMATS : Tailor campaigns on different social media: Make a version for teenagers on Instagram, for example, and a version on Facebook for parents. Change the means of dissemination so that as many people as possible become aware of it. For young people, favour short videos and platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
  • YOU ARE NOT ALONE:Campaigns that offer resources and tools are preferred. Value talking about it and leaning on others. Testimonials make us feel understood. All campaigns need to have this effect. The message has to be reassuring for victims, that they don’t feel stupid.

Signed by the Inclusion Committee of École secondaire des Patriotes (St-Eustache)




* INSPQ, (2022),The extent of sexual aggression among young people, https://www.inspq.qc.ca/agression-sexuelle/statistiques/jeunes