The U.S. Department of Justice and the Office on Violence Against Woman is offering the Engaging Men in Preventing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program. This Program assists the movement to end violence against women by including men. A recent national poll indicated that 73 percent of men feel they can help reduce domestic violence and sexual assault. This is the first program that supports projects that help raise awareness in the critical roles that men play in prevention of violence against women and girls. The aim is to help develop new male leaders who will speak and act to oppose violence against women. The deadline for this grant is June 30, 2011.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offers a grant for the 2011 Mentoring for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative. This grant seeks to increase efforts to mentor kids who’ve been sexually exploited and to increase outreach to victims and provide services to them. The winner of the grant will be expected to develop strategies to recruit, train, support and maintain mentors to support and empower the victims. Deadline: June 6, 2011 11:59
JJIE has written extensively on this subject: Justice Department Sheds Light on Human Trafficking Stats, Upcoming Conferences to Highlight Juvenile Justice, Crimes Against Children, Woman Volunteers Target Online Ads Selling Sex with Children,Law Professor Argues Against Prosecuting Minors for Prostitution
The Demi and Ashton (DNA) Foundation recently launched a high-profile online video initiative to fight child sex trafficking. The series "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" features major celebrity appearances by names like Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, and even Pete Cashmore - founder of the social media news site Mashable.com.
The interactive campaign encourages users to submit their own "Real Man" video - using the slogans "I am a Real Man" or "I prefer a Real Man" - and upload them to the DNA Foundation's Facebook fanpage. In the video above, Isaiah Mustafa (commonly known as "The Old Spice Guy") and Mashable founder Pete Cashmore tip their hat to the cause.
According to the DNA Foundation, the videos - and the organization itself - aim "to raise awareness about child sex slavery, change the cultural stereotypes that facilitate this horrific problem, and rehabilitate innocent victims." Many of the videos take a quirky and often funny look on what it means to be a "Real Man" while attempting to address a serious issue.
According to the DNA Foundation's website:
- 12.3 million people are enslaved today worldwide.
- In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation eradicating slavery, yet more than one million people are enslaved in the U.S. today.
- Two million children are bought and sold in the global commercial sex trade.
- The average age of entry into commercial sex slavery in the United States is 13 years old.
- The global sex slavery market generates $32 billion in profits each year.
- Every ten minutes, a woman or child is trafficked into the United States for forced labor.
- Most “johns” are quite ordinary: 70-90 percent are married, and most are employed with no criminal record.
- 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls are conducted via the internet.
- The U.S. government spends 300 times more money per year to fight drug trafficking than it does to fight human trafficking.
- Approximately 55 percent of girls living on the streets in the United States engage in commercial sex slavery. Girls from middle and upper class neighborhoods are also at risk.
A Mashable article about the video series has already been shared more than 1,600 times across the social web. Mashable's esteem -along with a star-studded line up and DNA Foundations 43,000 Facebook friends - may be just the vehicle Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher needed to foster mainstream awareness.