Do Not Loose Yourself or Your Identity in this movement!
In my experience as a young survivor coming out of "the life' and ending up in this movement was all consuming for me, especially as I was looked to and was recognized by my colleagues and peers as a survivor-leader.
Generational trauma is rarely addressed when working with commercially sexually exploited youth and their families. Yet, it is essential to understanding the larger context of exploitation. The trauma of parents can easily be overlooked and judgment placed on them for their lack of understanding of exploitation and interactions with their youth. Below is a poem by Nola Brantley.
Nola Brantley Speaks partnered with the Los Angeles Probation Department to develop "The CSEC Caregiver Project," a CSEC intervention curriculum for parents and caregivers of CSEC-identified youth.
Nola Brantley Speaks is partnering with the Los Angeles Probation Department and UC Berkeley's California Social Work Education Center to develop "The Empowerment Project: Redefining Young Women's Strength, Beauty, and Courage."
Nola Brantley Speaks partnered with the Los Angeles Probation Department to develop a CSEC prevention curriculum for females, "Word on the Street: Educating and Empowering Young Women and Girls. "
Recommendations for Social Service Agencies’ Response to Peer Recruitment Amongst Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth
Peer recruitment is a common way that youth enter into the commercial sex industry. Exploiters intentionally use commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) to recruit their peers as CSEC identified youth have easy access to their peers and can gain their peers’ trust easily. Peer recruitment is rampant anywhere large numbers of youth congregate such as assessment centers, group homes, schools, etc.
Although the focus for the past several years has been on female involved in CSEC, it is important to note that peer recruitment can occur with girls, boys, and transgender youth.