A joint action against sexual exploitation
Launching of the SPHERES Project
The CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal, and the SPVM (project les Survivantes), in conjunction with En marge 12–17 and L’Anonyme, announced today the launch of the Spheres Project, a program to provide support to sexually exploited persons.
By pooling their expertise, the five organizations undertook a five-year pilot project intended for young girls and boys in Montréal aged 12 to 24. The intervention project will improve cooperation among the players involved in the fight against sexual exploitation to better serve the needs of young people. It is the first such initiative in Québec.
The Spheres Project aims to set up a safety net for sexually exploited youth by working with their families, the community, as well as with various institutions to ensure a continuum of services, particularly during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The project targets young people wishing to improve their quality of life.
Based on the most recent studies on motivation to change and sexual exploitation, the Spheres Project complements existing programs and aims to build bridges between them.
“We are extremely proud of the Spheres Project because it is a perfect illustration of our desire to provide a coherent and long-term solution to help victims of sexual exploitation,” said René-André Brisebois, a researcher practitioner at the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal’s Institut universitaire Jeunes en difficulté, and spokesperson for the project.
This pilot project serves as an experiment that, in the near future, may lead to a proposal to restructure specific services to be provided to both children and adult victims of sexual exploitation.
- Justin Meloche
CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
- Ariadne Bourbonnière
Relations médias/Media relations
CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal
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