Coalition Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY)

Who We Are

CASEY is comprised of a group of concerned professionals and experiential voices in the community that work together to address issues pertaining to the sexual exploitation of youth.

What is Sexual Exploitation? Sexual exploitation can be defined as an older youth or adult taking advantage of a younger child or youth for sexual purposes, including participation in sex trade, pornographic performances, and in the production of pornography. Youth involved in the sex trade (phone sex, stripping, pornography) are sexually exploited.

Sexual exploitation is not a new issue for St. John’s but up until the formation of CASEY there was no group or organization working to address this issue. Many of CASEY’s members support young men and women who engage in the sex trade, we believe it is critical to do prevention work, and this is clearly a gap in service that CASEY aims to fill.

What we do

  • To create awareness and understanding of sexual exploitation of youth within the general public, youth and organizations that work with youth;
  • To increase opportunities to network, collaborate, and share information;
  • To advocate for appropriate supports and resources to reduce or prevent the sexual exploitation of youth.

CASEY Resources Available

Video on the Sexual Exploitation of Youth

CASEY produced a 16 minute video that can be used for education, training and awareness. The video includes the voices of four NL Youth who have been sexually exploited and provides the viewer with information on what sexual exploitation is; who is at risk; the grooming and luring process; and warning signs.

The video comes with a discussion guide and is appropriate for youth (12 and over), parents, youth service workers, professionals and the general public.

You can view the CASEY Video on YouTube and download the accompanying CASEY Video Discussion Guide.

Awareness Brochures and Posters

Posters / brochures are available free of charge.

CASEY Poster 2017

Presentations and Training

CASEY members are available to conduct presentations and training on sexual exploitation. Presentations can vary from 1 hour to a full day training session.

How to Contact Us

To find out more about CASEY or to book a presentation or training session, please contact Melendy Muise at 754-0536 ext. 209 or mmuise@thrivecyn.ca

To order brochures / posters please contact Thrive’s main office at 754-0536.

Additional Resources

National Human Trafficking Toll-Free Line

Support line. Hotline. Lifeline.

Lonely? Scared? Need assistance?

The Chrysalis Network offers a free, confidential telephone trauma counselling service to women, men, and youth who have been trafficked/exploited for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labour. We also offer ongoing support to sex workers who do not personally identify as trafficked/exploited .

We provide our callers with counselling, local referrals and Project Lifeline, a safe buddy system for sex workers operating in isolation. To use the Lifeline, just call and let us know when you’re entering and expected to leave a date you’re concerned about. If we don’t hear back from you at the scheduled time, we’ll inform your emergency contact and work to verify your safety.

When you’re ready to talk, we’re here to listen.

1-866-528-7109

The WOW Line – Local, Free, Non-Judmental and Anonymous

A New Local Community Service to Combat Violence against Sex Workers

The Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) and St John’s Status of Women/Women’s Center (SJSW) have launched a collaborative service that combats the violence that occurs in the lives of women and men involved in the sex industry.

The program, entitled “Warn Other Workers (WOW)”, is a 24/7 toll free number that sex workers can call to share info about assaults. The program gives a person the opportunity to share info about sexual and physical assault with other workers. They can leave an anonymous message with as much detail as possible. They can also get direct support from a crisis line volunteer. The program’s goal is to share descriptions of abusive customers among sex workers. Sharing this information can help increase safety.

To access the line, contact NLSAPC’s 24/7 province wide Crisis Line:

1-800-726-2743

NeedHelpNow.ca – Website to Help Youth Involved in Self / Peer Exploitation Incident

It is designed for youth who may have sent images of themselves to someone and now it is being sent to others or posted online.

The website offers practical suggestions to help youth get the images off the internet or stop people from sharing it, as well as other support / information.

NeedHelpNow.ca

If you (or a friend, peer or sibling) have been involved in a self / peer exploitation incident (otherwise known as “sexting”), we are here to help. This site provides you with guidance on steps you can take to get through this.
• Want your peers to stop spreading your picture/video?
• Want your picture/video removed from the Internet?
• Want to talk to someone about what’s happening?
• Want information about how to take care of yourself?
• Want help dealing with a situation that has gone too far?

Visit NeedHelpNow.ca.

About the Blue Door Program

The Blue Door is a new St. John’s based program that is operated through Thrive. This program is the first of its kind in NL and is designed to support individuals, primarily between the ages of 14-29, to exit sex trade activities, and/or sexually exploitive situations including sex trafficking. The program is inclusive of gender & sexual orientation. To find out more information or to obtain a referral form please click here.