Youth Outreach Topics

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Basic (CSEC) 101. Introduction to the term CSEC.  This workshop focuses primarily on understanding commercial sexual exploitation of children, challenging the use of the word prostitute when referring to exploited children, and identifying systems of oppression that sustain CSEC. (Duration 45 mins to 1 hours)

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Basic (CSEC) 101 and Risk Factors. Introduction to the term CSEC as described in CSEC 101.  This workshop explores specific factors that make girls and young women vulnerable. Includes a thirty-minute video: Breaking the Silence.  (Duration 1.5 hours)

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Basic (CSEC), Stages of Recruitment, and Common Language. Introduction to the term CSEC.  In addition, this workshop offers preventative tools by outlining the stages of recruitment, common language used by pimps (traffickers), and warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.  Includes a five-minute video: The Making of a Girl.  (Duration 1.5 hours)

Slavery as the Template for CSEC. Introduction to CSEC 101.  Building from the premise that CSEC is a form of modern day slavery, this workshop examines the stark commonalities of Antebellum South beginning in the 1680s and CSEC.  The workshop builds the case that slavery as an institution within theUnited States and worldwide set the template for the sexual exploitation of young girls in NYC.  Finally, the workshop identify the systemic factors that support and continue to support the exploitation of specific groups of people.  Includes a five-minute video. (Duration 1.5 hours)

Working/Living with Survivors: Identifying Signs, Introduction to CSEC 101.  This workshop equips parents and frontline human service workers with tools to recognize and support young women who may be survivors of CSEC.  Recognizing that parents and workers sometimes misinterpret the actions of young girls as being promiscuous, we construct alternative ways of understanding young people through a developmental lens and within the context of CSEC.  We also offer participants positive and supportive language to use while engaging young people around this issue.  Includes a thirty-minute video: Breaking the Silence. (1.5 hours)

Very Young Girls Question & Answer Workshop. This workshop is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls inNew York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women. (Duriation 1.5 hours to screen the documentary plus 30–45 minute question and answer period)

*Note: In addition to the workshops, one-on-one counseling and intervention sessions are available upon request as well as on site referrals to GEMS.

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