Here is a mother of an underaged sex trafficking victim in Washington State. She also tells her story on the Netflix original documentary called “I am Jane Doe”. She states some very important information in this YouTube video that we must address and change in our society.
1.) First responders need to be trained on recognizing sex trafficking victims.
Women Against Taboo is currently in the process of putting together a training program, not only for first responders but professionals in many different kinds of fields who may come in contact with these victims. The idea is that once these trainings are established, we hope to see an increase in reported victims and a reduction in the average time victims remain in the sex trade industry.
2.) Backpage.com has currently been hiding under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. However, since this ted talk has been released, Congress has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. The top members of backpage.com were arrested in April of 2018 and will be going to trial in 2020. We need to make sure this law is being enforced properly and the people of our nation stand up for these victims. Every voice matters.
3.) In this video, the mother states how they tried their best to make a normal life for her daughter when she came back home after running away the first time. Unfortunately, when teens and children run away and experience emotional, physical, and sexual abuse we must bring in professional help. Women Against Taboo will also be working on treatment plans for victims and parents who go through experiences like this. We hope to prevent other runaway situations with the victim as well as mental health disorders that follow these type of abuses, ex: PTSD, complex PTSD, personality disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, anxiety, and more.
If you have a Netflix account, check out "Tricked" to learn more about sex trafficking in the United States!
Lo Penksa and I got the opportunity to attend the Northern Nevada Pride Festival hosted in downtown Reno. We had a great time promoting Women Against Taboo and handing out t-shirts, stickers, and business cards. It was a very upbeat and loving environment that encouraged everyone to embrace their true self whether they affiliated with the LBGTQ community or not. One thing that I have been criticized for with my organization is the fact that I reach out to men, women, and all other gender identifies but having "women" in the name of the organization contradicts these ideals. I have been told by critics, that if I wish to reach out to other people besides women that I should change my company’s name. However, something that really stood out to me during this Pride festival was how many people support organizations that they may not qualify for. That’s how I feel about Women Against Taboo. The organization was originally started as an organization for women to support other women but has since evolved. Just because that is how it originated does not mean that we cannot help others outside of that scope and does not mean that other people are not able to support this organization. I am not African American but I support Black Lives Matter, I am not part of the LBGTQ community but I still support their rights, cause, and movement as a whole. I think these equality movements and organizations have great ethical morals that we can all learn from and be a part of. So as Women Against Taboo continues to grow, I encourage everyone to feel included in our resources and information that we provide. Our organization does not discriminate to anyone and we hope that others will continue to learn from us and participate in the fight to reduce sexual stigma, disorders, and other issues.
On April 6th, 2018 seven business members from back page.com were arrested on 93 counts for facilitating prostitution, conspiracy, money laundering, & many others. The website has also been seized at this time. This site has been the leading forum for online prostitution ads as well as underground sex trafficking of minors since 2010. They have been protected by the law until congress passed the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017". We have a long road until these victims and their families get justice, however, this is a huge step forward for the U.S. in the fight against sex trafficking and exploration of minors and women. Here is a very short explanation of the case!
“Men show more activity in a region of the right posterior dorsal insula (an area correlating with penile turgidity and viewing of beautiful faces) and in regions associated with the integration of visual stimuli. Women tend to show more activity than men in regions associated with attention, memory, and emotion. Courting men respond more strongly than women to visual signals of youth and beauty. Women appear to be more attracted to men who offer status and resources.”
Buss DM, Abbott M, Angleitner A, Asherian A, Biaggio A, Blanco-Villasenor A, et al. International preferences in selecting mates: A study of 37 societies. J Cross Cult Psychol. 1990;21:5–47.
YESS!!! There is sperm in pre-cum.
I am perfectly aware that a bunch of people think that the pull out method is a great way to prevent miniature humans from running around with your DNA, but this could not be more outdated. Against popular belief, THERE IS SPERM IN PRECUM! Although, there is a significantly lower number of sperm in pre-ejaculatory fluid than a full ejaculation, there are some determined swimmers in any kind of seminal fluid.
In a single ejaculation there is anywhere between 40 million and 100 million sperm being excreted. A study conducted by HHS Public Access, found that there can be up to 23 million sperm in pre-cum fluid. Also, in their year-long study, 2.5% of couples became pregnant due to pre-cum specifically. I know that number may seem minimal, however, if you think about it in a different light 1 out of every 50 times you have unprotected sex and use the pull out method a pregnancy occurs. For me, that is not a risk I am willing to take.
They also concluded that peeing in between ejaculations does not help lower this number as the sperm in pre-cum is from initial sexual stimulation directly prior to sex. There are also studies in the process to determine whether the sperm in pre-cum are in fact more protected by the excess seminal fluid that also makes up pre-cum. These protective factors produced by the male reproductive glands create an ideal environment in the female vaginal canal, so that the sperm can thrive. These factors are more concentrated in pre-cum, meaning the sperm that go along with it have the possibility to be better protected and have more sustainability to survive.
Moral of the story, if you are trying to prevent an unwanted pregnancy please talk to your provider about birth control methods.
Yay safe sex!