Helping in the aftermath of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Each year, across the US, Mexico, and Canada, an estimated 325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of sexual exploitation. In the Boston area alone, hundreds of girls have been exploited in recent years.
Recent data indicates that approximately 130 girls and young women in Essex County are victims of sexual exploitation annually, with the number of youth affected likely much higher due to underreporting. Difficulty identifying, understanding, and responding to victims has led to a staggering gap in services, with more young people falling through the cracks each year.
We Rise brings together survivors of commercial sexual exploitation with key community allies in order to prevent, intervene against, and promote recovery from the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Our comprehensive, survivor-informed program empowers girls and young women through:
● Community Outreach: Engaging, educating, and training community organizations such as police, emergency responders, and mental health providers, supporting a fundamental shift in understanding, identification of, and response to victims and encouraging and facilitating systemic change.
● Emergency Intervention: Providing 24/7 on-call response to victims of CSEC, pairing outreach workers with victims to provide psychological first aid, ensure victims’ immediate comfort, health, and safety needs are met, and to offer in-person support and advocacy.
● Transitional/Ongoing Supports: Assisting survivors as they work to rebuild their lives through trauma-informed case management--ensuring access to transitional or permanent housing, assistance with applying for benefits, educational placement, vocational training and securing employment, obtaining legal assistance, mental health referrals, on-site survivor-led group counseling and peer-support groups.
To learn more about our program, please contact us at 339-883-2420 or WeRise@centerboard.org.