The Foundation For Peaceful Communities, together with our sister organization, A Community For Peace has partnered with the California Child Protective Services to provide Safe Haven homes for the ‘Commercially Sexually Exploited Children” in Citrus Heights and surrounding Sacramento County. A Community For Peace has also aligned with Citrus Heights Police Department and Soroptimist International.
CSEC: COMMERCIALLY SEXUALLY EXPLOITED CHILDREN
LET THAT SINK IN for a moment…. Children, usually between the ages of 10 to 17.
Mostly girls, but some boys too.
The safe haven homes will be a place that we can protect ‘our girls’ while they are healing from the devastating life of being sexually exploited.
According to the National Alliance of Homelessness.. ..Expanding access to emergency housing options can reduce the risk that a runaway and homeless youth will be victims of CSEC, but further progress requires minimizing the length of time young people remain homeless. This can be achieved by helping homeless children and youth quickly reunify with family and quickly connecting those who cannot be reunified to long-term transitional housing and support services.
FACTS ABOUT CHILDREN BEING SEXUALLY EXPLOITED:
- At least 90% of children who end up trafficked come out of domestic violence or family violence.
- An exploiter can earn as much as $650,000 per year by exploiting as few as FOUR children.
- California has emerged as a magnet for sex trafficking of children, with 3 of the nation’s 13 largest child prostitution hubs disbursed throughout the state.
- Trafficked children have often been in foster care or other systems.
- Schools are often used as recruiting grounds.
- When trafficked children are recovered, there is often nowhere qualified to house and protect them.
- Children coming out of sexual exploitation are dealing with complex trauma and multiple layers of services are required to assist them to create a future and hope.
Safe Haven will help survivors rebuild their lives over three stages:
- Initial Recovery: Keeping them safe, providing core services available from UC Davis, CPS, A Community For Peace, and other agencies.
- Transitional housing and programs to begin the healing process.
- Long-term housing and services transitional to safe and independent adulthood with the hope that these children have FOREVER Families for the Forever Future they deserve.