Prevention Education and Awareness

         

 

Teenagers who are at most risk for domestic minor sex trafficking often have no concept of its reality. Their peers are often unaware of the risk to the teens around them. In order to bridge this gap, we provide strategic presentations in schools and other cenues such as churches and community groups to raise young people's awareness of the threat of sex trafficking. This training provides them with specific tools to recognize threats and vulnerabilities to which they and their peers may be exposed, as well as practical ways to protect themselves from victimization and establish healthy boundaries in relationships.

Since 2011, Gracehaven has given this essential awareness training to several thousand Central Ohio senior high and middle school youth each year including students in Columbus, Dublin, Upper Arlington, and Delaware County. 

In addition, Gracehaven provides regular preventative education training  directly to homeless or runaway youth who are served by organizations such the Huckleberry House Crisis Shelter and the OSU Star House. This outreach has proven critical for these youth who are at significantly higher risk for trafficking because they are on the streets.