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Rabinovitch--Transforming Community Practice
Traditional Scholarly Disciplines that Inform Transformative Community Practice
Summary Introduction of the Declaration and Agenda for Action developed by participants at Out from the Shadows: International Summit of Sexually Exploited Youth, and presented to the United Nations General Assembly.
We the sexually exploited child and youth delegates gathered in Victoria Canada, for Out From the Shadows: International Summit for the Sexually Exploited Youth, declare the following:
We declare that the term child or youth prostitute can no longer be used. These children and youth are sexually exploited and any language or reference to them must reflect this belief.
We declare that the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth is a form of child abuse and slavery.
We declare that all children and youth have the right to be protected form all forms of abuse, exploitation and the threat of abuse, harm or exploitation.
We declare that the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth must no longer be financially profitable.
We declare that all children and youth have the right to know their rights.
We declare that the issue of child and youth sexual exploitation must be a global priority and nations must not only hold their neighbors accountable but also themselves.
We declare that governments are obligated to create laws which reflect the principle of zero tolerance of all forms of abuse and exploitation of children and youth.
AGENDA FOR ACTION
Our agenda contains actions that are based on our beliefs. Our beliefs have come from what we have lived. To understand why these actions will work, you must understand our beliefs and the life experience that have led to these beliefs.
We believe that education is vital in our struggle against the sexual exploitation of children and youth.
We believe that the voices and experiences of sexually exploited children and youth must be heard and are central to the development and implementations of action. We must be empowered to help ourselves.
We believe that we have the right to resources that are directed towards sexually exploited children and youth and our very diverse needs.
We believe that our laws must protect us as sexually exploited children and youth and no longer punish us as criminals.
We believe that we are all responsible for our children and youth, yet the issue is not ours alone.
Governments, communities and society as a whole must be held accountable for the sexual exploitation of children and youth.
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Qualities of Change Agent in Transformative Community Practice
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