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Human Trafficking Awareness 365 Days A Year

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Let’s recap.

Grappling with the reality of child sexual abuse takes time and space, regardless of whether you’re new to the issue or have lived its reality. We hope you give yourself that space, and we hope we get to keep you as a critical part of this movement. As we look beyond Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we want to provide you with information that you can you carry forward into the next 11 months and beyond. Read More

The Path to a Sustainable Recovery for Trafficking Survivors

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The following post was written by Stephany Powell, Executive Director of Journey Out, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides the critical tools and support necessary for women to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking break free from a life of abuse and violence and rebuild their lives. During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’re amplifying the voices of trafficking survivors and those working on the front lines of trafficking. Read More

160+ Reasons to Keep Fighting

By | News, Survivors | No Comments

Working in this space, I spend a lot of my time speaking about the myths that surround offender typologies. Educating others that the sexual abuse of children knows no bounds. It isn’t something that is just happening in the shadows — in the dark corners of the web or in a scary basement. It can happen anywhere. Often times, child sexual abuse victims are abused by someone they know — people these children should have been able to trust.

But there are times when I am caught off guard by news of an abuser, even with the background knowledge I bring to the table. Never has that been more true than as the news broke over the past year about the former national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics. Read More

Saving Innocence: Crisis Response and Support for Children

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Those working on the front lines of trafficking are working hard to provide survivors with much needed resources to aid in recovery. In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we are elevating their voices to draw attention to the incredible work they do. The following post was written by Jessica Midkiff, Oree Freeman and Amber Davies at Saving Innocence. They work to give children on-the-ground help by utilizing strategic partnerships with law enforcement, social service providers and schools, while mobilizing communities to prevent abuse and increase neighborhood safety. Read More

My Life My Choice: Survivor-Led Prevention

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The following post was written by Susan Alves, My Life My Choice Senior Survivor Mentor and Amy Corbett, LMHC, My Life My Choice Director of Prevention. Since 2002, My Life My Choice has worked to end child sexual exploitation through survivor-led programs that empower youth and their allies to fight back. During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’re amplifying the voices of survivors and those working on the front lines of trafficking. Read More

Survivor Insight is Invaluable to the Fight Against Trafficking

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I have always found it inspiring to meet survivors. Their experiences, their challenges, their strength and their will to overcome inspire me to be a better person and to fight for justice in this world. That’s why here at Thorn we so strongly value the voices of survivors. Hearing from survivors provides a much needed breath of inspiration to keep us going as we work behind the scenes. Read More

Rebecca Bender: I was trafficked in plain sight

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During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’re giving a voice to survivors and those working on the front lines of trafficking. While we’re proud of the results of our tools to identify victims faster, we know that the issue doesn’t end there. The following post was written by Rebecca Bender, co-founder and CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative. She is an award-winning, internationally recognized speaker, author and Survivor Leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery. Read More