CEASE hosts a Memorial each year in mid-August to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Some were murdered; some took their own lives through suicide; and some died as a result of addictions, illness and homelessness. We also take a moment to remember and reflect on those who are missing. Friends and loved ones often feel alone due to the stigma attached to sexual exploitation. The Memorial offers a chance to gather as a community to remember and to support each other in a safe, comfortable, media free environment.
The first Memorial was held in the year 2000, inspired by Calgarians who gathered to remember 16 year old Karen Lewis and all the other women in the Calgary area who were victims of homicide. Edmonton and Saskatoon continue to hold Annual August 14 Memorials, while Calgary no longer does.