Six Things I Learned Last Night: Protecting Children

These points I gathered from listening to the stories of two brave survivors during a presentation by the SW Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force:

1. First, we need to remember that a girl/woman trapped in human traffick slavery is a valuable human being.

2. Children (and this includes teens) lack the maturity to appropriately protect themselves. They need strong, kind adults looking out for them . . . planting seeds of resiliency that will someday allow them as victims to open up.

3. Keep your eyes open for children on the margins . . . a girl sitting at the back of the classroom with her head down . . . a pretty girl that looks like she has it all; but has few friends. Be the person who sows the seeds of hope for them.

4. Acting out and getting into trouble is often a sign that of abuse. When ignored it can lead to looking for love in all the wrong places.

5. Social media is normalizing sexual acts for younger children. Normalization makes it easier for kids to bend to what others want from them. Educate children with this in mind.

6. Adults are powerful in children’s eyes.  It is easy for an adult to scare/coax an adolescent into doing just about anything.
#Human Trafficking #Human Rights

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7 thoughts on “Six Things I Learned Last Night: Protecting Children

  1. So very true Stacy, we must do everything we can to build up our girls so that they are able to protect themselves and also our young men to respect girls and protect them.

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  2. Since I teach medical English at a nursing school and Nagasaki Rehabilitation College, I use the lesson on pregnancy/childbirth to talk about such issues, but the opportunity is limited. When I talk about the child sexual abuse that exists in our town, most of my students are quite shocked – except those who have been victims themselves.

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    • How did you realize the abuse exists in your town? I think many families expect victims to be hush about it. I know my daughter was shunned by her Japanese grandmother.

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  3. Thanks for this reminder. I was suprised (and not surprised) how many girls and a few boys were victims of sexual abuse when I taught junior high I allowed for open communication about anything and everything and that helped students open up to me. I never would have imagined I would call CPS that often. I hope more people can be aware and look out for these signs.

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    • It seems that this is a very secret crime. My daughter was valedictorian and drove a brand new convertible. Even so her home was a crime scene. Thank you for reading and following.

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