Updated: May 4
At our Justice & Equity Coalition in April, we talked about April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Part of our research revealed that Kansas City is #2 in the country for sexual exploitation.
Our guest speakers were Kristy Childs, Founder, and President as well as Lucy Bloom, executive director of Veronica's Voice.
The Coalition was encouraged to take a look at the Palermo Protocols. Please notice the link above.
Also please go to the website: veronica'svoice.org and sign their petition.
The Equality Model
decriminalizes victims of commercial sexual exploitation and supports providing services to survivors, while criminalizing buyers and traffickers to the fullest extent. This is an evidence-based solution for significantly reducing commercial sexual exploitation.
Kansas Senate Bill 59
Kansas Senate Bill 59 modifies the crimes of selling sexual relations, promoting the sale of sexual relations, and buying sexual relations by changing terminology from "sexual relations" to "a sex act." We believe that commercial sexual exploitation is not "relational", which implies equality and mutuality. It is a transaction and a abuse of power and control. If you are a resident of Kansas, we ask that you contact your senator and encourage them to bring SB 59 to attention. An email template is provided, along with a list of contact information for Kansas Senators by the district. Thank you.
See video below on sex trafficking