Countdown On. Race for Virtue. Fight Sexual Exploitation!

Countdown On. Race for Virtue. Fight Sexual Exploitation!

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.                                                   - Buddha   In 9 days I am going to lace on my running shoes, gather up my kids, friends and neighbours to Race for Virtue. I invite you to join me. Read on as I explain how and why. What is Race for Virtue? I found out about Race for Virtue just a few short weeks ago when Dina Alexander of Educate Empower Kids invited me to share the event on our social media pages.  Dina explained that all proceeds from the race go directly to non-profit organizations, like her own, which provide resources and help to individuals impacted by sexual exploitation. As I watched the videos put together by Race for Virtue co-founders, Ashley Bell and Jessie Davies, I...
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Protect Children Online! Call for Meaningful Age Verification

Protect Children Online! Call for Meaningful Age Verification

So many kids stumble upon pornography everyday, that sadly we’ve come to expect it as the norm. At Parents Aware we believe kids have the right to enjoy safe online experiences without the risk of exposure to hardcore pornography.  This is why we fully support the petition to adopt meaningful age verification put forward by MP, Arnold Vierson. In this post you will read about one proactive mom and her approach to helping her kids prepare to reject pornography before they see it.  Her experience illustrates why every family, regardless of how vigilant, will want meaningful age verification to be implemented on all adult websites across this country. But before we get to her story let’s explore more about meaningful age verification. Sign the petition and pass it along! If you’ve seen me in person this summer, you’ll know that I come toting a clipboard with a petition for you to sign. Yes, I am in your face but for good reason. When we...
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Act Now! 120 Days to Influence Government Policy on Porn

Act Now! 120 Days to Influence Government Policy on Porn

What would YOU do? If you were in a position to issue recommendations to the Canadian government you knew would significantly diminish the risk of childhood exposure to violent and sexually degrading content, would you? My guess is that 90% of people would be 100% in support of this. And yet the Standing Committee on Health has decidedly chosen not to concern themselves with the health of children —nor for that matter the culture of violence against women as it pertains to unrestricted access to all forms of pornography. The long anticipated results of the M-47 study are in and they are absolutely deflating. Mandated to examine public health effects As you may recall, the committee was mandated to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men. This study had incredible potential to lead out as the defining report to help inform future government policy in this...
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The Power of One in the Movement for Love: Finding my inner hero

The Power of One in the Movement for Love: Finding my inner hero

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. --Edward Everett Hale What makes a father of two young children want to run 30 marathons with handcuffs on? LOVE. Garrett Jonsson says simply: “I love my wife, I love my kids, I love my community and I love you. I believe that LOVE is worth fighting for. I believe that if I’m not actively fighting against pornography, then I’m aiding its growth.” Breaking the silence Garrett was sick of letting the porn industry destroy individuals and families. So the year of his 30th birthday (2016), he decided to do something that would get people to stop and take notice. He committed to run 26.2 miles everyday for 3O days in handcuffs. It was his way to break the silence and start a public conversation about pornography. A conversation to bring awareness to the fact that pornography...
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Act Now! M-47 Gives Parents A Voice Against the Porn Industry

Act Now! M-47 Gives Parents A Voice Against the Porn Industry

Victory In Canada!  This is the subject line of an email I received just a few days before the holiday break. The email continued to explain that a Private Member's Bill, Motion M-47 (the Online Sexual Violence Motion), had just been unanimously adopted in the House of Commons. I couldn’t believe my eyes! For anyone who considers pornography a public health concern, this is BIG news. I wondered how I had missed hearing about it locally and scrambled to search online newspapers for the story. The papers were silent. Confused, I called the MP’S office from which the motion originated to plead for further information about the victory the press seemed reluctant to cover. Here’s what I learned: [Be sure to read to the end of this article and find out how your voice will ensure that Motion M-47 has the best possible chance of creating greater public awareness about the dangers of pornography.] What is Motion M-47? I discovered that Alberta MP, Arnold Viersen...
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