January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month
In recent years, the issue of human trafficking, especially Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking (DMST), also known as Child Sex Trafficking or Exploitation, has received significant attention. There are recent studies that suggest that children vulnerable to being recruited into DMST are those who are economically or socially vulnerable, including those who have a history of violence in their family or a history of child sexual abuse. Therefore, we remain committed to the idea that if CACs respond effectively when children are sexually abused in their earlier childhood, by working to ensure children are safe in their homes, receive appropriate evidence-based treatment, and abuse is stopped, then the children’s risk for becoming a victim of DMST is lessened.
Community members who want to help end child abuse, including the abhorrent practices of DMST, must support the work of the CACs in their community so they can continue prevention programs and respond effectively to all abused children.
How can you help:
- Learn the red flags of trafficking and report any suspicious signs to law enforcement.
- Get informed about the tactics used by predatory traffickers and teach the children in your life about how to safeguard themselves and recognize problematic warning signs in their friends.
- Mentor children in your area. Helping children form healthy relationships with an adult - models the boundaries and respect they deserve and gives them trusting bonds to rely on.
- Support your local CAC. The NCAC provides free therapy for the life of a victim of abuse. A child receiving therapeutic services is less likely to be vulnerable to DMST and healthier than they would be without therapy.
- Urge your local, state, and federal lawmakers to continue funding the prevention and response efforts of CACs.
“NCAC is committed to help make communities safer places for children. We are focused on healing, justice, and prevention.”
- #WearBlueDay: Wear blue clothing and share photos of yourself, colleagues, friends, and family on January 11 for our second annual #WearBlueDay. Use hashtags #WearBlueDay and #WeWearBlueBecause to share why you are participating.
- Facebook Live Panel Discussion: Tune in to our Facebook Live panel discussion on raising awareness of human trafficking in the U.S. on January 17 at 1 PM EST. Panelists from the private and public sectors will be answering viewer-submitted questions during the broadcast.
- Thunderclap: Pledge your support to our Thunderclap campaign to amplify a unified human trafficking awareness message on social media.
About Child Abuse
You may not know this from the news, but child abuse and neglect is preventable when we focus on solutions.
- We are learning how we can stop those who abuse children.
- We are focusing on how we can change the culture, environment, and communities so that abuse and neglect of children is less likely to happen.
- We are recognizing that family privacy is important, but the abuse and neglect of a child is not a private matter.
Every one of us CAN do something about it.
- You can find out what’s happening in your community to protect children from abuse and neglect.
- You can volunteer your time and share your resources with programs that are working to protect children.
- You can ask about child protection policies at your place of worship, recreational, and sports organizations for kids.
- You can learn about ways to educate children to be safe.
- You can find resources and information to share in your community at CALiO.org, search for child abuse prevention.
Whether you ask, volunteer, speak, write, or organize, you can inspire others to do the same – maybe more. Together we can empower our communities and make a difference.