“One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner (loveisrespect.org).” #TDVAM #PromItForward #Buyadressandlearnhealthyrelationshiptips
Did you know that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month?
What better way to honor this month than to donate and/or purchase a formal dress at Prom It Forward’s Sales Event tomorrow from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Rapids Alterations & Repair in Sauk Rapids! 100 percent of every purchase will go towards services provided at the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center and you receive coupons for prom and a sheet with healthy relationship tips! #PromItForward #TDVAM
Don’t forget to join us as we protest the violence around pornography tomorrow (1/26) from 11am to 1pm. We will gather at St. Cloud State Welcome Center or 355 5th Ave S in St. Cloud. Caribou coffee and light treats will be provided.
If you don’t have a sign to hold up during the protest, we have many for you and your friends! We hope to see you there!
Looking for that formal dress for a wedding, prom, adult prom, or formal event?
Join us on February 3rd from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Rapids Alterations in Sauk Rapids to check out all the dresses that Prom It Forward has to offer! 💯 of the proceeds go towards services for survivors of sex trafficking, sexual harassment, rape, child sexual abuse, molestation, exploitation etc.
CMSAC is currently looking for volunteers to respond to hospital calls and take calls on our crisis line for survivors of sexual violence! As a compassionate and empathetic volunteer advocate, we ask for a year commitment to volunteering and that you sign up for a minimum of two shifts per month. Our 53 hour training is a great resume builder and will help you add crisis intervention skills to your portfolio! Help end sexual violence through direct experience assisting survivors!
Want to be part of the solution? Fill out the application to be a volunteer advocate today! Training starts Feb. 5th. Click here for more info: https://cmsac.org/volunteer-application/
Hello! For tomorrow’s group, we will be looking at what it means to be a secondary survivor or someone who is close to or knows a survivor of sexual violence. We will learn what this means by playing a game called, “Survivor..!”
In addition, we will be looking at how hot chocolate can teach us how to cope. Wondering how hot chocolate can help? Join us tomorrow (1/18) to learn more!
We will meet at (15 Riverside Drive NE St. Cloud, MN 56304) from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next session of Healing Circle, our women’s support group! We will meet tomorrow from 5 to 6:30 pm at 15 Riverside Drive NE in St. Cloud.
Coffee and tea are available to warm up!
Who We Serve
CMSAC serves youth and adults of all gender identities who have experienced sexual violence or commercial sexual exploitation (i.e. involved in the legal or illegal sex industry, was trafficked, or engaged in “survival sex”).
CMSAC is the only program in four-county area (Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, and Wright) mandated by the State of Minnesota to provide services to victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. CMSAC provides confidential, victim-centered, non-judgmental, culturally-sensitive, and trauma-informed care.
We provide individual support counseling & psychoeducation, group support, referrals, safety planning, assistance with harassment & protection orders, Safe At Home program, supportive services, and assistance with personal care items and basic needs. We also offer presentations, trainings, and professional consultations- all at no cost.
CMSAC staff has been trained by national experts (including GEMS of New York) on service delivery and best practices for working with survivors of CSET. CMSAC has been trained in the facilitation of the following national curriculum for CSET prevention and intervention: Not A Number, My Life My Choice, and Ending the Game.
Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door Model
CMSAC was selected in November of 2014 by the state of Minnesota to serve commercially sexually exploited youth. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services designated CMSAC to offer supportive services through the Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door model.
Commercial sexual exploitation of youth includes all youth (age 17 and under) who agreed to engage, or were forced to engage, in sexual activity, exotic dancing, stripping, erotic massage, or sexually explicit imagery/videos in exchange for something of value (or the promise of something of value). This may include a sexual exchange for a fee, food, clothing, transportation, a cell phone, a place to stay, protection, drugs, or alcohol. For the purposes of Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door, the means of exploitation is irrelevant in determining eligibility for services.
As of August 1, 2014, Minnesota youth 17 and younger engaged in any of the above activities are now considered a victim of a crime rather than a “juvenile delinquent” or a criminal. Youth 17 and younger are protected from the law and prostitution charges. All sexually exploited youth 24 and younger are eligible for safe housing and services across the state.
The Minnesota Statute 609.321 defines sex trafficking as “(1) receiving, recruiting, enticing, harboring, providing, or obtaining by any means an individual to aid in the prostitution of the individual; or (2) receiving profit or anything of value, knowing or having reason to know it is derived from an act described in clause (1).”
Commercial Sexual Exploitation becomes sex trafficking when a third party profits from, aids, or facilitates the commercial sexual exploitation of another.
Sex Trafficking in Central MN
Sex trafficking happens everywhere. St. Cloud, MN has the second-highest number of escort ads. Minnesota has also been identified by the FBI as one of thirteen states with a high concentration of child sex trafficking. St. Cloud has been considered a hub and “training ground” for sex trafficking by survivors and local law enforcement. CMSAC has responded to over a hundred new cases of sexual exploitation/trafficking since September of 2014. Despite this, there are no reliable statistics of how prevalent trafficking is because so few come forward or disclose.
At tomorrow evening’s Concerned Persons’ Support Group we will be discussing how our language and word choices impact the survivors we care about. The way topics are discussed impacts the attitudes around those topics, and sexual violence is no different. We’ll address how word choice matters, and how asking certain kinds of questions can further isolate and shame victims. We’ll explore how just shifting the way we talk about the issue of sexual violence can show compassion and support.
We invite you to come, challenge some beliefs and myths, ask questions, and process through your own experiences in your quest to support a loved one.
Thursday, November 16th. 5-6:30pm