Mother of Amanda Todd, speaks to Kingston area agencies about addressing online violence and youth

KINGSTON — Carol Todd, prominent speaker on exploitation, cyber-bullying and mental health issues, will be in Kingston April 9 keynoting at “Social Media, Sexual Violence, and Youth”, a full-day conference designed to help educators, service providers and others working with youth to recognize different forms of online violence, understand the devastation it causes, and learn about local resources they can draw on to respond to this intensifying issue.

Carol Todd is the mother of Amanda Todd, who at 15 committed suicide after suffering years of cyber stalking, harassment and bullying. She will be speaking about her family’s experience to give the audience a clearer picture of how social media is being used to perpetrate violence, and the very real, very tragic consequences it creates.

Julie Lalonde, a public educator working with the Draw the Line campaign on topics of sexual violence prevention specifically geared toward youth, will accompany Todd’s presentation with a  conversation on the spread of online violence, and strategies and resources for service providers to use when encountering these issues.

“Social Media, Sexual Violence, and Youth” is provided by the Kingston Frontenac Anti-Violence Coordinating Committee (KFACC), with financial support from the federal government’s National Victims of Crime Awareness Week initiative. KFACC, which comprises roughly 30 organizations, works to reduce domestic and sexual violence through training, awareness, education, and collaborative opportunities.

“We’re seeing more and more instances of social media used to victimize our clients, especially younger ones, so we wanted to do something to better equip our community to respond to it.” explains event organizer, and KFACC Steering Committee member, Elayne Furoy. “And clearly there’s a need for it here. Registration filled up in about two weeks, and we ended up opening more spots, which were filled in a only a few hours.” 

Related resources:

Event details and registration: https://kfacc.eventbrite.ca

KFACC: www.kfacc.org

Amanda Todd Legacy Fund: http://amandatoddlegacy.org/

Draw the Line campaign: http://draw-the-line.ca/

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week: http://www.victimsweek.gc.ca/

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