Sex Trafficking and Early Childhood Sexual Abuse; One Survivor’s Story and Restoration

This engaging journey will provide a greater understanding of how the foster care system, the human brain, and human trafficking are all connected. Amy’s personal testimony will leave you inspired and hopeful for a future without human trafficking.

When a child experiences trauma, the developing brain has the capacity to shut down certain areas, to self-protect. As Amy explains the data and her own experience with abuse, severe disassociation, substance abuse, and cognitive issues, deeper systemic issues will unfold. While no child, or adult, is completely immune from the evils of human trafficking, those who have already experienced severe trauma are more likely to fall victim. Children in foster care, runaways, throwaways, and homeless are at a much greater risk of being trafficked than the typical child in America. Preventing human trafficking has proven to be a difficult endeavor, but do not lose hope. Through holistic approaches in mental health, early education, law enforcement, and foster care, intervention and restoration is possible.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Overview of foster care, homeless, runaway, and throwaway children
    • 1.8 children missing is America (Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
    • Average age of a child when forced, coerced, or tricked into sex trafficking (Polaris Project)
    • Average life-span from point of entry into sex trafficking is 7 years (Polaris Project, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
    • 1 in 6 runaways are likely victims of sex trafficking, 86% of these were likely in the care of social services (Polaris Project)
  • What make a child more vulnerable to sex trafficking (Polaris Project, REMIX experience with trafficked girls in Flint, MI)
    • Foster care
    • Lack of social safety net
    • Poverty, short and long-term
    • Gender discrimination
    • Criminal activity
    • Immigration status
    • History of abuse
    • Substance abuse
    • LGBT youth
    • Mental Illness
    • Developmental disability
  • My Story – survivor of childhood sexual exploitation
    • Early years
    • Foster care
    • Development issues
    • Profile of typical case in America
  • Maslow’s Hierarch of Needs (A.H. Maslow (1943). A Theory of Human Motivation)
    • Stages of development
    • Stages of development children of early sexual trauma typically operate
    • Create safety
  • Early Childhood Trauma and the Brain (Bessel Van Der Kolk, M. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma)
    • Disassociate Identity Disorder
    • Stockholm Syndrome
    • Attachment Disorder
    • PTSD
  • Intervention
    • My experience
  • How to respond to potential survivors of sexual exploitation
    • Validate
    • Listen
    • Access help
    • Find community
  • Programs for intervention, prevention, and restoration (not a cookie-cutter approach)
    • Education is key
    • Know the signs
    • Empowerment programs
      • Mentorship
      • Foster care
      • Camps
      • Boys and Girls Clubs
      • Tutoring
    • Art
    • Music
    • Animal assisted
    • DBT
  • There is reason to hope
    • My experience
    • Create programs that work for you, in your community
      • Start with what you know
      • Research
      • Just do it!! Then, do it again!
    • The power of reporting
      • My experience
      • Response instructions (hotline, local, CPS)
        • When and who to call

Learning Outcome

  1. Understand how early childhood sexual trauma impacts the developing brain.
  2. Understand the connection between children in foster care, runaways, throwaways, and homeless children and sex trafficking.
  3. Through case studies and the presenter’s personal testimony, understand how early intervention, support systems, and holistic therapy options can prevent sex trafficking.

Target Audience

general public, mental health professionals, education professionals, medical professionals

Prerequisites for Attendees

Amy presents material that may trigger survivors of trauma. She presents current data on foster care, sex trafficking, vulnerabilities, and brain development but also gives examples of her own experience with childhood sexual abuse, mental illness, and recovery.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (SAFECHR)
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    Hi Amy,

    Thank you for your proposal. The selection committee welcomes you and would like to know if you are available to discuss your proposal so that we can retain key areas of your proposal and fit those in with the overall conference.

    Please provide us with times and dates in the next few weeks regarding your availability to talk with one of us.

    best,

    SAFECHR Conference Committee 

    • Amy E Rouleau
      By Amy E Rouleau  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi there!

      Thank you very much for reviewing and accepting my proposal. I am very excited to speak with you more. Please contact me any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday before 2 pm. (810-399-9713)

      Have a great weekend!

      Amy 

      • SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (SAFECHR)
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        Hi Amy,

        Thanks for calling us. We wanted to know if you are willing to present for a shorter time length as the brain development portion is being covered by neuroscientists who are presenting as well. We also have a foster care panel that you would perhaps be interested in as well!

        Your proposal was accepted by the Conference Committee.

        Congratulations!

        SAFECHR Conference Committee

        • Amy E Rouleau
          By Amy E Rouleau  ~  11 months ago
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          Hi there,


          No problem. What would be the length of my session? 

          I would love to be part of the foster care panel, if you feel I would be of value there, thank you. 

          Have a wonderful day!


          Amy 


          Thanks in advance,
          Amy Rouleau, MPA

          Restoration Place Executive Director
          Professional Public Speaker
          810-399-9713

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          Dear Amy E Rouleau,

          Your proposal Sex Trafficking and Early Childhood Sexual Abuse; One Survivor’s Story and Restoration has received a new comment from safe-coalition-for-human-rights-safechr

          Hi Amy,

          Thanks for calling us. We wanted to know if you are willing to present for a shorter time length as the brain development portion is being covered by neuroscientists who are presenting as well. We also have a foster care panel that you would perhaps be interested in as well!

          Your proposal was accepted by the Conference Committee.

          Congratulations!

          SAFECHR Conference Committee


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  • SAFE Coalition for Human Rights (SAFECHR)
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    Hi Amy,

    We will be scheduling the calls in the first week of April. Please let us know what times and dates work best for you! We had extended the proposals deadline to accommodate some of our past speakers.

    Warmly,

    SAFECHR Conference Committee

    • Amy E Rouleau
      By Amy E Rouleau  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi there,


      I am available Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm. Please leave a message if I am unable to get to the phone and I will return your call promptly. 

      Thank you very much and I very much look forward to speaking with you. 

      Have a wonderful day!


      Thanks in advance,
      Amy Rouleau, MPA

      Restoration Place Executive Director
      Professional Public Speaker
      810-399-9713

      From: SAFE 2018 <info@confengine.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 3:00:43 PM
      To: Amy Rouleau
      Subject: New comment posted on Sex Trafficking and Early Childhood Sexual Abuse; One Survivor’s Story and Restoration
       
      Dear Amy E Rouleau,

      Your proposal Sex Trafficking and Early Childhood Sexual Abuse; One Survivor’s Story and Restoration has received a new comment from safe-coalition-for-human-rights-safechr

      Hi Amy,

      We will be scheduling the calls in the first week of April. Please let us know what times and dates work best for you! We had extended the proposals deadline to accommodate some of our past speakers.

      Warmly,

      SAFECHR Conference Committee


      Visit https://confengine.com/safe-2018/proposal/5133#comments to respond to the suggestion OR simply reply to this email (Please make sure, you delete the previous comment's content from the email before replying.)

      Regards,
      SAFE 2018 Team
      SAFE2018@safechr.org
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