We have made the commitment that if traffickers are targeting America’s young people, then so are we – with education for the sake of prevention.
Project #ITSTOPSWITHME takes a comprehensive approach to the prevention of sex trafficking by educating young people not only about potential risk factors, but also about the issues in our society that fuel the sex industry as a whole. When educating youth on this issue, we have to realize that we are speaking to potential victims as well as potential buyers and sellers of sex.
Project #ITSTOPSWITHME is a 4-week lesson series that includes revealing videos, curriculum pages for students, a Facilitator’s Guide, quizzes, cooperative learning strategies, and service learning suggestions. Below is a breakdown of the weekly lessons and what they highlight:
Week 1: The Facts: What is Human Trafficking Anyway?
Objective: At the end of this lesson, students should have a basic understanding of the concept of human trafficking in America and why it is referred to as “modern-day slavery.” They will begin to learn what trafficking looks like here, where it happens, who is involved, and why they need to know.
Week 2: The Fuel: What is Fueling Sex Trafficking in America Today?
Objective: At the end of this lesson, students should be able to define what issues are driving sex trafficking in America and expound upon the reasons why.
Week 3: The Formula: How Do Traffickers Get Their Victims?
Vulnerability Factor + Method of Manipulation = Exploitation
Objective: At the end of this lesson, students should be able to explain the process by which a victim is coerced, forced, or tricked into exploitation. They should now have a full understanding of the way vulnerability, combined with manipulation, can end up in a trafficking situation.
Week 4: The Fight: What Can I Do to Make a Difference?
Objective: At the end of this lesson, students should know where and how to report human trafficking and suspicious internet activity. They should feel empowered and inspired that they can stand up, speak out, and make a difference right where they’re at.
Throughout the program students are given tools for activism and ways to report and take a stand. There are also service learning project options if the class, the school, or even individuals would choose to do more.
“The biggest thing that was beneficial was that you brought it to their world.”
-Mary Fowler, Teacher of the Year, Broken Arrow High School”
2015 Student Outcomes
The following are results from our pre/post tests, as analyzed by our partners at OU-Tulsa
- Vulnerability factors
- Perpetrator characteristics and tactics
- Magnitude of the problem/impact
- Proximity of/personal connection to the issue/risk
- Comments about changing behaviors
- Desire to educate self more
- Desire to educate others/raise awareness
- Desire to protect self
- Desire to protect others
- Ability to respond to danger
- Changing social media settings, behaviors
- Wanting to take action