Glendyne Gerrard of Defend Dignity in Canada
October 6, 2017

Defend Dignity, Ending Sexual Exploitation in Canada

I recently had the chance to catch up with our friend and ally, Glendyne Gerrard, of Defend Dignity in Canada.  Defend Dignity has a campaign called “Choose Change” modeled after our Dirty Dozen List, in which they identify organizations and entities that facilitate sexual exploitation through their policies.

In one of their recent Choose Change victories, Defend Dignity got the The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, one of Canada’s leading restaurant chains, to enable filters to block sexually explicit content on the free wi-fi they offer their customers!

Launched in 2010, Defend Dignity addresses all forms of sexual exploitation in their work including pornography, strip clubs, escorts, massage parlors and prostitution and note that each of these involves “the selling of sexual services which undermine the dignity of women, men and children.”

They conducts awareness, advocacy, and aid campaigns.  Through their aid campaigns, they assist individuals, non-profits, and faith organizations working to help victims of sexual exploitation.  With their awareness campaigns, they seek to educate the public on the public health harms of sexual exploitation. And through their advocacy efforts, they are working to change public policy.

They are doing amazing work in Canada, and Glendyne shared some of their recent successes in their work to end sexual exploitation. Watch the video above to learn more!

Katherine Blakeman

Katherine Blakeman

Director of Communications

Katherine Blakeman joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in August of 2017.  She works to foster a community of people who want to restore human dignity and end sexual exploitation through digital outreach and social media marketing.  Katherine also develops digital, communications, and press strategies for the organization in an effort to engage with an increasingly broader audience.

Prior to joining NCOSE, Katherine served as Communications Director for two members of Congress and previously as the Communications Deputy at Heritage Action for America, where she blogged, conducted social media outreach, and joined radio shows across the country to discuss the organization’s priorities and goals.

Katherine participated in the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute fellowship at the United Nations Youth Conference in July of 2011, which sparked in her a passion for human rights issues and for speaking out for those living in poverty or a cycle of exploitation, particularly those who suffer from sexual exploitation.

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