We understand if we are going to prevent commercial sexual exploitation we must be present locally, form inter-disciplinary teams, collaborate with one another and approach prevention holistically.
Here are three practical steps:
- Strengthen economic supports to families through family-friendly work policies like a livable wage, paid leave and flexible and consistent schedules. Tax credits, child-care subsidies and nutrition assistance are each areas where the government can offer assistance.
- Change social norms to support parents and positive parenting. Organizations like Protect Me Project can help the public engage through educational programs and encouragement to break the cycle of abuse. Legislative approaches can shape policies for schools, homes and other settings.
- Provide quality care and education early in life. Pre-schools, day cares and churches which encourage parent involvement can foster healthy relationships.
We work hard to give children tools to protect themselves, but at the end of the day it isn’t their responsibility. That belongs to the adults who surround them. Let’s step up to the plate and play well together, for their sake.