Knowledge is a Powerful Weapon: Fight Back Against Child Sexual Exploitation

A growing and under-discussed issue we have not only throughout the entire nation, but also in our small state of New Jersey is child sexual exploitation. The innocence of the children who will be our future is jeopardized by this vicious, violent crime.

Sexual exploitation is the “sexual abuse of children and youth through the exchange of sex or sexual acts for drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money. Sexual exploitation includes involving children and youth in creating pornography and sexually explicit websites.” *CCS

It’s dangerous, detrimental and can change the lives of children and adults forever.

photo(2)CASA of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is fortunate to have an advocate passionate enough about this issue to take charge and fight back with the most powerful tool possible … knowledge.

Advocate Judy Schachter, has been a voice for abused and neglected children for many years. She became involved with a case through the United Nations dealing with sexual exploitation and was so moved by the issue, decided something more needed to be done. She has taken part in various training, including the GEMS program, an organization focused on a “spectrum of continuous and comprehensive services to address the needs of commercially and sexually exploited girls and young women.” *GEMS

She felt so passionate about the issue we all know about, but, rarely know how to handle appropriately, that she brought the knowledge she had gained back to the table at CASA. This problem is not something that is based on people with low-incomes, or from other areas alone. Sexual exploitation is all around us and the only way to conquer it is by knowing the facts and by being proactive with raising awareness.

During the training, Schachter will identify different types of sexual exploitation of children; discuss the signs of this type of abuse that advocates should be conscious of; constructive language to use when talking about child sexual abuse; and how sexual exploitation relates to the children we advocate for.

There is no better time than now to educate yourself, so that you may educate others. We applaud Judy for volunteering her time not only as an advocate for abused and neglected children, but also for spreading awareness and education about a topic a lot of people would rather not discuss at all. Sexual exploitation will not go away on its own. Fight back with the strength of knowledge and prevention. Thank you, Judy for your selfless dedication!

The training program will be held Monday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the People Care Center, 2nd Floor/Room 260, 120 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Volunteers in attendance will receive three service hours.

RSVP to veronica@casashaw.org by November 29th.

Thank you, CASA SHaW, for everything you do!

Thoughts, comments, questions? Email me, JennKaysen@gmail.com

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