The Cycle

  • One in three Canadian women will experience sexual assault in their adult life
  • Young people between the ages of 15 to 24 are at higher risk of experiencing sexually assault

Although everyone is at risk, sexual assault is a gendered crime most often perpetrated by men against women.  In 2004, 93% of reported adult sexual assault victims were women. And, in 82% of cases, the victim knew their aggressor.

Victims of sexual assault often experience many different emotions such as shock, fear, shame, and guilt. And in the worst circumstances, may end up on the street, or become drawn into prostitution, trying to escape abuse. This is the cycle wherein victims of assault can become trapped.

The Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE), is an organization in Edmonton that supports victims  through programs and advocacy. They help sexually exploited women heal from their traumatic experiences, as well as debunk myths associated with prostitution - helping women to feel empowered to report these crimes when they occur.

At United Way we work to support people in vulnerable circumstances, and help create hope for those trapped in a cycle of poverty or abuse, so they can live healthy and safe lives.

For more information on CEASE and their work, click here to visit their website.

Check out these common myths regarding prostitution which have been debunked.

If you are need to speak with someone please contact the Support Network's 24-Hour Distress Line: 780-482-HELP (4357)