Many people grew up in families where healthy relationships weren't modelled or where there was intergenerational trauma. That makes it hard to identify an unhealthy relationship later in life.
A healthy relationship has:
These elements of a healthy relationship can be applied to all relationships whether it be with romantic partners, peers, co-workers, friends or family
Consent is a necessary part of a healthy relationship. Being in a relationship with someone doesn’t give them automatic access to your body or the right to abuse or violate you in any way.
Coercion involves manipulating, blackmailing, pressuring, threatening, intimidating and/or guilting someone until they give in to a sexual act.
It’s important to know that:
Staying safe online is important to preventing sex trafficking.Yet, 38% of Toronto youth said they feel unsafe online and 73% said they have had online interactions with someone they didn’t know.
How to stay safe online:
What human trafficking is, how it happens and what parents can do.
Tips on how you can help keep young people safe from online predators.
Linda Harlos shares her experience as a parent of a human trafficking survivor.