It was October 2005 and the semester before I had been through a major breakup. However, for the children and youth that are commercially sexually exploited we are still far off. Leaving a lasting impact to improved responses and action within your organization and community. For Phelps, it's an important, sometimes misunderstood, distinction that's intensely personal and essential for her current work as an advocate for former runaways and survivors of sexual exploitation — individuals like her. But by some miracle she survived, and the child victim grew up to be a strong, successful woman, driven by her desire to pay it forward by helping kids in need. Up until that point I had rebelled against all adults, so it was odd for me to follow his rules, but he made sure I knew that he was in control.
My job now is an advocate is to make sure the microphone gets into the hands of the 13 year old. I may not have been snatched from my bedroom in the middle of the night, but I was held captive. Her mission is to assist those who wish to prevent and respond to child trafficking. Her voice continues to inspire in various films including the journalist project Sex and Money, A National Search for Human Worth. While her story inspires and brings hope to a movement that can appear to be frustrating and without a solution, her command of resources, networks, business, and the law supports local efforts to protect and care for children in their community.
Oftentimes they do not self-identify as victims and do not actively seek escape…. We may not be able to end sex trafficking around the world, but we all have the ability to change one person's world. But I stepped away, went back to Fresno, wrote the book and formed Runaway Girl in early 2012. For more information on Ending The Game © please email. What had started out as frequent sleepovers at friends' houses to escape the wrath of her stepfather and her chaotic, impoverished home, grew into full-fledged running away, until her exasperated mother finally abandoned her at Fresno's Juvenile Hall.
She began taking steps to rise above the streets. After missing 7th, 8th and 9th grades, Carissa returned to a continuation school and graduated from high school in two and a half years. Trainers also work with legal, medical and law enforcement groups to teach them to see the girls and boys they meet as victims, not as prostitutes committing a crime. The power of psychological bonds is very strong. Each Ambassador from the film has developed training curriculums and keynote speeches that engage audiences even further by opening up the conversation after the film. Sowers will develop a series of sexual exploitation recovery curricula, to be used by schools, churches, parents, and service providers throughout the nation.
Our goal is to align you with a speaker like Carissa Phelps that will make your event unforgettable. It was all part of his trapping me. She is committed to helping victims become survivors and engages people to take on this social injustice. This curriculum has helped hundreds of survivors understand and overcome psychological coercion. And it made me see the bad things and how he had a big affect on my life. Our Booking Agency does not advertise or claim that we are the exclusive agent for Carissa Phelps.
Although Phelps' organization is predominantly California-based, Runaway Girl collaborates with trainers and organizations across the country, including in Oregon, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky. She fell under the control of a pimp and began a life of forced sex and drug use, ending up arrested multiple times by age 14. She lives on the Central Coast of California, where she creates and contributes to positive impact businesses as a social entrepreneur. And see that 10% of the time he was my superman saving me from bad situations but 90% he was the person putting me in those situations. Today, the focus is not on what a child victim is wearing or that they may have admired or sought out the person that was abusing them.
For what he knew, my fiancé had been accepting of my past. Going back to a world where I was ignored, where I was just a number, a body filling a void, didn't even occur to me as an option. Evidence-based mental health treatment for victims of human trafficking. This was the easiest part, something I'd already been used to doing. Steve is founder of Freedom Of Mind Resource Center, Inc. Carissa is admitted to practice law in California. As a former social service provider and nonprofit leader, Leah understands the needs of both direct service staff and leadership.
From this point, Carissa pinballed between the streets and various group homes or state run facilities. Pimpology: The 48 laws of the game. Together with partners around the world, she is part of a global network to connect resources and assist local and international survivors in rebuilding their lives. I needed to know where I fit in. They would see their version of the truth, and my only hope was to get them to understand that their version was often wrong.