Cherish All Children’s mission to prevent child sexual exploitation means we need to look at the root causes and open conversations in our communities to address these issues.
How we raise our boys and young men can play a significant role in ending the demand for commercial sexual exploitation.
“What might an intentional Christian masculine culture look like? First, men must talk with each other and with our sons about women in such a way that we insist that every woman is created in the image of God. (Genesis 1: 26-27) Second, we must talk to each other and our sons about all the behaviors and industries – such as so-called ‘gentlemen’s clubs,’ pornography, and hiring strippers – that provide gateway behaviors to trafficking or purchasing sex. These acts are, in themselves, sexual exploitation.”
Professor Rolf A. Jacobson, Luther Seminary, from "My Neighbor is Not for Sale" Ch. 3: Ending Demand - Raising the Next Generation of Healthy Boys and Young Men.
High School and Young Adult Men coming together to learn about healthy masculinity and grow in faith.
Organizations working to create a healthy culture of masculinity:
is building safe communities through programs that address and undermine the root causes of violence against women and children including sexism, male dominance, racism, homophobia, and transphobia. MAP is at the forefront of a movement to promote equality and end violence against women and children.
Their "Don't Buy It Project" engages every day men and people of all gender identities to create a culture where the demand for commercial sex is nonexistent. Check out their educational resources for your community to gain a deeper understanding of the harm caused by sexual exploitation and empower men to be a part of the solution.
Click on the link for a 15-20 minute online learning experience you can use to get this conversation started!
Resources to Learn more and Take Action
"Bought and Sold: The New Fight Against Teen Sex Trafficking" radio documentary by American Radio Works, 2016. Starting at about minute 27:55, there is significant discussion of how to end the demand for trafficking.
"Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis: Structures, Functions, and Patterns" published by the University of Minnesota's Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center and Othayonih Research in partnership with the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, 2014. Full Report. Executive Summary.
Read what the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has to say on this issue:
Address the demand for what the system of sexual exploitation offers. One way for congregations to address the demand stimulated by the sex industry is to provide safe settings for men, women, and youth to talk about their attitudes toward and struggles with prostitution, pornography, stripping, and appropriate uses of the Internet... Uncommon as such conversations may be in congregations, they are vital if the baptized are going to find support in the Church to resist our culture's ready acceptance of these practices. The Church Council urges congregations and men's, women's, and youth organizations to be pioneers in creating possibilities for this discussion to occur. (pg. 8)
Gender-based violence includes sex tourism, forced prostitution, and human trafficking for sex. (pg. 2)
"Because we are each loved by God, God grieves deeply when we inflict gender-based violence on someone. The violence we impose hurts someone God created, and this hurt spreads out through the community.” (pg. 3)
“Without self-control and giving priority to the needs of others to be safe and healthy, we are vulnerable to abusing our strength, thought and action by being violent.” (pg. 3)