United Way to Hold Forum on Sexual Exploitation, Focus on Youth

Sexual exploitation is happening here, but we can work together to change it.
United Way will hold the community forum Cultivating Change: What Teens, Parents and Everyone Should Know about Sexual Exploitation in Our Community at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17 at the Lincoln Community Center auditorium in Mankato.
This informational event is free and open to the public and recommended for ages 12 and older.
The forum includes a panel from local public and nonprofit organizations, including The Reach Drop-In Center (Lutheran Social Services), CADA, and Blue Earth and Nicollet counties. Presenter Juli Fast, regional navigator from Southwest Crisis Center, will speak on sexual exploitation in Minnesota.
“People are surprised to hear how prevalent the issues of sexual exploitation and trafficking are in our region, especially among youth,” said United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “United Way felt that it was important to convene experts, leaders and community members to discuss how we can keep our kids safe and bring about change close to home.”
In 2017, United Way is funding Lutheran Social Services’ program “My Life My Choice,” which uses a high-school curriculum to discuss and prevent sex trafficking.
--September 28, 2016