The season can be a time to create warm, cherished memories with loved ones. But at The Rogers Home, our transitional housing program for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, it can also bring added stress and sadness.
Thanks to the tremendous support of people like you who care about our youth, we recently delivered a petition with over 18,000 signatures to the Prime Minister calling for a national hotline to help victims of sex trafficking.
We were honoured to host two recent Ontario government announcements that will support our youth. The Province announced plans to prevent youth 16 to 17, struggling in difficult family situations, from becoming homeless by raising the age of protection. They also pledged to better serve young victims of sex trafficking through a number of initiatives.
Amy came from a quiet, middle-class neighbourhood, and she did well in school and gymnastics. But her parents fought constantly and they were both very critical of her. When she didn’t feel ignored in the chaos, she felt there was nothing she could do to please them.
We applaud the Province’s recent announcement of a coordinated and comprehensive anti-trafficking plan. This is a necessary first step towards combatting this heinous crime that primarily victimizes young girls and women. The new plan was unveiled in a media event held at Covenant House. Over the past three decades as the country’s largest homeless youth [...]