Joining Together in a Global Movement toward the Prevention and Mitigation of Child Sexual Abuse and Trafficking: Developing and Maintaining Partnerships and Enhancements of Collaboration

Given the relationship between child sexual abuse (CSA) and trafficking (i.e., children who are trafficked are often abused before they are trafficked given that they are on the streets, easily manipulated due to their need for money and food and shelter, and are therefore easy prey), and the fact that prevention, treatment, and mitigation are going to take fundamental efforts in collaboration on many levels, this session will look at how those working on all aspects of these issues - on the front lines, on strategy and logistics, on policy, on outreach and education, on training, on enforcement, etc. - can all work better and best together, locally, nationally and internationally, to prevent and mitigate CSA and trafficking.

This session will outline some of the basics and details of making and maintaining connections and networks; agreeing on purpose, process, and gestalt; and carrying out movement toward a unified, concerted effort toward the prevention, treatment, and mitigation of CSA and trafficking. The partnership between Stop the Silence®: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence®, and Trust MYRIVR ( in New Zealand (an organization focused on the reporting and address of interpersonal violence through the availability of a free, downloadable app) and the model we are using, will be used to highlight the type of partnerships that can and should be developed to implement comprehensive programs. The partnership and programming has an emphasis on enabling government representatives, community members, and service providers in New Zealand to prevent CSA/trafficking and provide quality care for children, adolescents, and adults who have/may have been sexually abused. The presentation will also highlight: the possibilities for worldwide expansion, and the prevention/mitigation of the negative health consequences of CSA/trafficking and the improvement of children’s, adolescents’, adults’ and societies’ well-being.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  1. The types of collaborations that need to be developed to comprehensively and successfully conduct CSA and trafficking prevention, treatment, and mitigation programs, and how to best develop those collaborations
  2. Overview of background of the work in New Zealand: Past work of Stop the Silence in Cyprus, past work of MYRIVR in New Zealand, the current partnership of Stop the Silence and NZ
  3. Discussion of the preparation and setup needed to ensure work will address the communities’ own concerns
  4. A presentation of the training of government personnel and service providers, community-oriented outreach, and technical aspects of the project, and their relationships
  5. Application of the model for the rest of the world
  6. Discussion

Learning Outcome

  1. Attendees will be able to identify the rationale behind and the aspects of a national comprehensive preventive and treatment model focused on child sexual abuse (CSA) and trafficking
  2. Attendees will be able to identify the various types of officials and providers that need to be brought in to the process, and the process of and collaboration needed between parties that go toward ensuring a holistic and successful approach to CSA and trafficking prevention and mitigation
  3. Attendees will be able to explain the relationship between the use of modern technology and community outreach and development strategies to achieve goals and objectives, and what can be attained as a result
  4. Attendees will be able to identify how the explained model can be applied worldwide.

Target Audience

All those on any levcel working to prevent and mitigate CSA and trafficking

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic understanding of child sexual abuse and trafficking issues

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