The court concluded that the woman would have said no to sex if she knew the condom would be removed.Our advocacy services are centered on encouraging the empowerment of victims and survivors of sexual violence during their healing journey.Rebecca noticed she was receiving more and more calls about women being “stealthed.” (Rebecca said she had also experienced the same thing with an ex-boyfriend.) “Their stories often start the same way,” Rebecca said.“’I’m not sure if this is rape, but…’” They all felt violated but “didn’t have the vocabulary” to figure out what was happening.The drop-in center will also feature computers and phones that youths can utilize for academic studies as well as job-searching and resume/interview skill development with the assistance of the STRAPWA Case Manager.This drop-in center is tentatively scheduled to be open and available to youths during Rebuilding Hope!Estimates show: • The average age of entry into prostitution is 12-14; many young adults become involved as minors.• 90% of exploited youth have a prior history of abuse, neglect, and/or sexual trauma.• Exploitation affects young men, young women and transgender youth.
Sex Trafficking Response & Awareness Program Drop-In Center Rebuilding Hope’s STRAPWA program is very pleased to announce that we will be opening a drop-in center for youths receiving services from the STRAPWA program.
We believe everyone has the right to self-determination when it comes to choosing their path of healing and service provision when possible.
The goal of STRAPWA is to enhance client services by actively connecting CSE victim/survivors with supportive systems in the community that can assist them by increasing safety and promoting self-sufficiency. Sexual exploitation is any exchange of sex acts for money, gifts, drugs, or basic needs (such as food and shelter), which can include sex trafficking and take the form of survival sex, prostitution, stripping, dancing, phone sex, web cams, and other forms of commercial trade sex. § 1591) defines the crime of human trafficking as: “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.” A commercial sex act is defined as any act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person, including: • Prostitution (gang-based or not)• Exotic dancing/Stripping• Sex tourism• Any transactional sex with a minor (under age 18)• Pornography/web cam• Erotic/nude massage Who is at Risk for Commercial Sexual Exploitation?
The Federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (18 U. Predators seek out those who are already vulnerable, making homeless youths and runaways prime targets.
Individuals who are often marginalized by society—youth of color, LGBTQ youth, low-income young people—are also at increased risk.