Sexual Violence, Social Media and Youth Report and Videos Released‏

COMMUNIQUE: Sexual Violence, Social Media and Youth Report and Videos Released

Crime Prevention Ottawa is pleased to announce the release of the research report, Sexual Violence, Social Media and Youth, funded by CPO and supported by the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women.

The research examines a critical issue affecting today’s teens and young people: the impact of social media on youth in sexual violence situations. Conducted by Jordan Fairbairn (PhD candidate), Dr. Rena Bivens and Dr. Myrna Dawson, it takes a community-based approach to examining the problem and its impact on victims and survivors.

A preliminary report was presented at a CPO Speaker Series and public consultation organized in collaboration with OCTEVAW<http://www.octevaw-cocvff.ca/> in May 2013. More than 125 participants discussed the results and took steps towards identifying prevention tools and developing a plan for Ottawa to combat the problem. The presentation and interviews with participants can be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/crimepottawavideos <http://www.youtube.com/crimepottawavideos>.

The final report, which integrates the outcomes of our May consultations, is available on the CPO website at www.crimepreventionottawa.ca <http://www.crimepreventionottawa.ca>.

CPO is providing funding to Family Services Ottawa to plan the “In Love and In Danger” Conference for 200 Ottawa high school students in October. The funding will help youth develop better relationship and social media skills. It will also provide students and their teachers with sexual violence and social media resources. Family Services Ottawa will also establish an advisory committee on this important issue. It will include representatives from CPO, OCTEVAW, the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.


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