Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Global Sex Trafficking Demand Change

Via Scoop.itJuvenile Justice

When we think about sexual exploitation, we often envision prostitution and sex trafficking–women and girls coerced into brothels, strip clubs, and pornography. But sexual exploitation occurs every time an act of sexual harm is perpetrated by one individual against another. The acceptance and normalization of this harm evolves from an out-of-balance culture that glamorizes and legitimizes the objectification of women’s bodies and even violence against women–especially in the media, that all-knowing tutor on how to relate to and value one another. Beyond the massive harm that sexual exploitation and the sexualization of women inflicts on women directly involved in the sex trade, it is crucial to also recognize how this attitude toward women (and the indirect support of it) causes psychological, social, emotional, and even spiritual stress to the women in our lives, and throughout society.

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