Supporting Youth Experiencing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence


Supporting Youth Experiencing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence

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This report was published by the Learning Network.


The internet is a space in which youth (ages 13 to 29) connect with others, express themselves, and assert themselves. But the internet feels less safe to some young people. Sometimes unwanted sexual comments or images, exposure to racist or sexist content, or the sharing of personal messages and images without their agreement does happen. Just as sexual violence impacts youth “in real life (IRL)”, technology-facilitated sexual violence effects young people as well.

If there are young people in your life, there are things you can do to prevent technology-facilitated violence, including sexual violence. There are also ways you can support young people. Accepting and normalizing youths’ online interactions, not blaming youth who face harm online, and being a safe person young people can talk to are some things youth say helps them to stay safe online.

The purpose of this Issue is to offer information on technology-facilitated sexual violence to adults – such as parents, teachers, guardians, aunties, elders, youth workers, and anti-violence workers. This Issue can help adults to talk with youth about technology-facilitated sexual violence to prevent violence and help young people facing violence to find support. Some parts of this Issue (laws, mandatory reporting for youth in need of protection, some resources) are specific to Ontario, but most of the information here applies to young people and their allies across Canada.

Pietsch, P. (2023). Supporting Youth Experiencing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence. Learning Network.

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