Education is the first step in the fight against human trafficking. Below are some resources to help you learn more about human trafficking and it’s victims.
The truth is, over the last several years, advocates and agencies across South Carolina are learning better every day how to champion human traffic survivors and meet victims’ needs right where they’re at. If you are in crisis, there is hope and plenty of people wanting to help. Marie Sazehn is the director of advocacy, Sexual Trauma Center of the Midlands.View
Ashley Vrabel is a survivor now with a harrowing story. The crux of it starts when a boyfriend with a drug addiction decided Ashley would be the vehicle to support both their habits. She was trafficked to pay for their heroin and spent the next two decades trying to break free of horrific substance, sexual and emotional abuse.View
Alexis Scurry is the Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator for Richland County. She coordinates the efforts of Richland County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and oversees cases and Guardians ad Litem in the Court Appointed Special Advocates Office that involve human trafficking.View
Up until a few years ago, when law enforcement encountered trafficked victims, they were too often treated like criminals, charged with prostitution, drugs and other crimes. Likewise, trafficked victims were often too afraid of or felt too beholden to their sellers to tell officers they needed rescuing. But thanks to better training and education, victims are being recognized.View
The Truth about Sex Trafficking - Interview with Rick Hubbard. Prosecutors like 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard are committed to locking up traffickers. But making a case against them is tough. Trafficked victims endure psychological trauma that both bonds them to their tormentors while leaving them terrified of them at the same time – and unwilling to punish them.View
A decade ago Heather Pounds made the decision to exchange one prison for another. Trapped in a never ending cycle of trafficking and drug addiction, she made a conscious decision to leave that bondage and return to state prison. But this time, feeling led by God, she knew her prison doors once and for all, were really the gateway to real and lasting freedom. Survivor Heather Pounds shares her raw story of sexual and psychological abuse, the years lost to drugs, dealers, and the monsters that trafficked her, as well as her remarkable recovery, redemption and the hope she now offers other victims.View
Lundy Bancroft—a counselor who specializes in working with abusive men—uses his knowledge about how abusers think to help women recognize when they are being controlled or devalued, and to find ways to get free of an abusive relationship.He says he loves you. So...why does he do that? You’ve asked yourself this question again and again. Now you have the chance to see inside the minds of angry and controlling men—and change your life.
Through dozens of compelling examples from his own career, security expert Gavin deBecker teaches readers how to read the signs of impending danger by using their most basic--but often most discouraged--survival skill: intuition. This book provides a unique combination of practical guidance on leading a safer life and profound insight into human behavior.
Join Petra and her dad as they venture into the city to learn about the media messages all around us. We are surrounded by messages (media) our entire lives—most of the are beautiful! Some inspire us to learn and grow, but some messages are empty and unhealthy. Petra and her dad come face to face with clear and hidden messages in different media such as advertising, social media, movies, and fake news. They'll teach you about media literacy by helping you learn to deconstruct these messages together! Helpful Features for Parents and Teachers include: • Thoughtful conversation starters • Engaging workbook questions • Simple activities to enjoy
Noah has just received a smartphone for his birthday. Follow him as he discovers how it feels to be on the giving and receiving end of some not-so-friendly behavior online. See what choices he makes when he learns about the awesome power he holds in his hands. And learn about the ripples of change you can make with technology in your home, your school, your community, and the whole world. Helpful Features for Parents and Teachers include: • Thoughtful conversation starters • Engaging workbook questions • Simple activities to enjoy
We live in a great big world where we receive and send messages every day. Some of these messages are about our bodies and can alter the way we see ourselves. Join Wade on his personal journey as he navigates through these messages with his friends and family. Learn how you can change the way you see these messages and your body and how you can help others. Be sure to check out our book for girls, Messages About Me: Sydney’s Story A Girl’s Journey to Healthy Body Image. Helpful Features for Parents and Teachers include: • Conversation starters • Workbook questions • Simple, meaningful activities Also available in ebook format.
We live in a great big world where we receive and send messages every day. Some of these messages are about our bodies and can alter the way we see ourselves. Join Sydney on her personal journey as she navigates through these messages with her friends and family. Learn how you can change the way you see these messages and your body and how you can help others. Be sure to check out our book for boys, Messages About Me: Wade’s Story A Boy's Quest for Healthy Body Image. Helpful Features for Parents and Teachers: • Conversation starters • Workbook questions • Simple, meaningful activities Also available in ebook format.
Never before has it been so easy to talk with your children or teens about tough topics. Whether they are 8 or 18, you will have worthwhile, relevant discussions that help protect and prepare your kids! Because exposure to pornography is inevitable, it is necessary to prepare our kids for that exposure. Porn’s addictive nature, the way it can alter a child’s developing brain, and how it will affect all of their future relationships make these discussions vital to a child’s healthy sexual development. Our kids must be warned of its dangers as well as educated about the hateful nature of pornography, where women are usually the targets or victims of objectification, violence, degradation, and humiliation. We have provided critical information and great discussion questions that will foster productive and meaningful conversations between you and your kids. Look at these discussions as an opportunity to connect. As you become more comfortable and gain confidence in discussing these tough topics, your kids will be able to ask you deeper questions and share more personal thoughts and experiences with you. You will find that if you can discuss the dangers of online pornography and the related topics in this book, you can talk with your kids about ANYTHING!
The most meaningful discussions you will have with your teen—made easy! This book contains downloadable, bonus content! Included with this book is a code that will allow you to download topic cards which can be printed and placed in strategic locations, such as a mirror, refrigerator or in your pocket, to remind you and your child to start talking! Written by parents and reviewed by professionals, 30 Days of Sex Talks makes it simple for you to discuss sex in the context in which it belongs; as part of a healthy relationship that also includes joy, laughter and the full range of emotion that defines human intimacy. This book includes topics like creating healthy relationships, consent, social media, pornography exposure and emotional intimacy. Each topic has bullet points and numerous questions to act as conversation starters. These will facilitate vital talks while allowing you to express your own thoughts, feelings and cultural beliefs. Teenagers generally have more mature and complicated concerns about love, sex, and relationships and how they fit together. This book is meant to help you approach these subjects and create meaningful dialogue about them. All of these topics have been thoroughly researched and will initiate an ongoing, layered dialogue that will continue into the future. As you progress through these talks, your relationship with your child will be strengthened and you will be able to discuss anything that follows as your teen grows into a healthy, knowledgeable adult.
The most meaningful discussions you will have with your child—made easy! This book contains downloadable, bonus content! Included with this book is a code that will allow you to download topic cards which can be printed and placed in strategic locations, such as a mirror, refrigerator or in your pocket, to remind you and your child to start talking! Written by parents and reviewed by professionals, the 30 Days of Sex Talks program makes it simple for you to discuss love, sex, changing bodies, as well as address dangerous messages from the media and various online sources. This book contains 30 topics for discussion including: puberty, curiosity, self-worth, and intimate relationships. These topics can be used to start important dialogue with your child while allowing you to interject your feelings, thoughts, and cultural beliefs. You and your child can talk about sex in the context in which it belongs; as part of a healthy relationship that also includes joy, laughter and the full range of emotion that defines human intimacy. Between the ages of eight and 11, children become much more aware of their bodies. Knowledge about how the human body works and how the body changes can empower your child! Remember that having these talks with your child will establish a pattern of healthy conversations for the future. Your goal is that your child will feel comfortable talking to you about anything as he or she grows into the healthy, knowledgeable person he or she will become.
Siblings Katie and her little brother Kyle learn about personal safety, private parts, and "thumbs up & thumbs down" touches by talking with their mom in a loving and easy-to-understand manner. With an empowering dialog that is never fearful, parents can use this book to begin this important discussion with their children. Katie and Kyle's mom also explains the essential "No Secrets" rule in their family, and that it is never their fault if they get an "uh-oh feeling" from anyone.
A sexual abuse prevention book for kids that helps children set healthy boundaries for their private parts. This topic can be a daunting and awkward task for parents, counselors and educators. Written from a kid’s point of view, I Said No! makes this task a lot easier.
Young children deserve to be armed early against internet dangers. Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr. makes it easy for parents to protect their young kids ages 3 to 6. Using gentle, age-appropriate messages, children will learn to Turn, Run & Tell when they are accidentally exposed to inappropriate content.
Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a comfortable, read-aloud story about a mom and dad who teach their child what pornography is, why it's dangerous, and how to reject it. Using easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, this ground-breaking book engages young kids to porn-proof their own brains.
Every child has secrets, and many secrets are fun to keep―for instance, a surprise birthday gift for Mom, or a secret handshake with a young friend. But sometimes, children have secrets that make them feel bad, and these secrets are best shared with their parents, or with some trusted older person. A child who is bullied might be inclined to keep it secret, but it’s always best to tell parents about it. Or children who are touched intimately and improperly by an older person will soon feel better if they reveal the secret to parents. This book helps kids distinguish between good and bad secrets.
This book examines the many different types of cyberbullying, from posting unflattering photos online to sending threatening text messages, why it is important to avoid these activities, and what you can do if you are a victim of cyberbullying.
A Fairytale/Parable about the child sex trafficking epidemic.View
This book examines real cases to illustrate how predators use social media and online gaming to access, groom, recruit and exploit teenagers into sex trafficking, sextortion and exploitation.View
Every two minutes, evil strips innocence from a child and sells her into slavery for sex. Not in a third-world country, but in the United States of America. Before you take another breath, the next victim will be tricked or taken from her family by a profit-hungry criminal. She could be a neighbor. A friend. Your sister. Your daughter. You.View
Step into the darkness of the trafficking underworld. Meet the actual eople who live there. Hear their words – and sense the terror and despair. Is there hope?View
Through true stories and years of boots-on-the-ground experience, including at the Super Bowl, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches readers everything they need to know about human trafficking in the United States and what they can do to join the fight against it.View
Chosen is a comprehensive video resource package that reveals the warning signs and sometimes fatal consequences of sex trafficking to middle and high school students. The 20-minute video is designed to equip preteens and teens to protect themselves and others from being trapped in the horrific and violent sex industry. In this video you will see the shocking true story of two teen girls who were lured into the world of sex trafficking.View
The purpose of this Starter Sheet is to help teachers and English language arts departments to develop rationales for the literature they use in their classrooms.View
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