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New program for youth accused of sex offences

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Journal Staff

Ontario is providing $200,000 over two years for a new program for teens accused of sexual offences.

Lambton OPP will run the youth diversion program with support from Sarnia-Lambton Rebound and local Sexual Assault Survivors Centre.

“We are excited to work with our community partners in the development and implementation of this much needed program,” said Rebound executive director Carrie McEachran. “Rebound receives dozens of referrals every year for these lower threshold sexual offences and are grateful for the opportunity to be able to provide this specialized program with our community partners.”

‘Project 1 in 3’ will hold youth accountable for sexual offences when charges are not laid, and educate those aged 12 to 17 on the consequences of their actions, Rebound said.

The program will also help victims of sexual offences heal.

“Most importantly a program such as this provides youth the opportunity to learn and grow through both intervention and prevention strategies,” said Angie Marks, of the Sexual Assault Survivors Centre.

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