Victim Assistance & Response

This program expands upon our existing school prevention programs by filling a critical gap in responding to disclosures of sexual violence in our schools. Nest’s victim response is a partnership with schools, law enforcement, child protection services and other direct service providers to promote a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach to responding compassionately and effectively to reports of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.

Schools

How can we implement evidence-based school policy for reports of sexual exploitation and trafficking?

Students & Families

What support is available to me before and after disclosing sexual violence?

First Responders

What impact could a trauma-informed, victim-centered response make in the local community?

Community

How can we be better advocates and allies for victims in our communities?

The Nest Curriculum for
High School and Middle School:

Healthy Relationships

The Power of Prevention Education

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Do you or someone you know need help?

Visit our Immediate Assistance page to learn more about different hotlines and resources that we trust.

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Schools

Implementing evidence-based policies in our schools

Teachers, administrators, and all school staff can be the frontline defenders of their students’ safety by helping prevent and respond to instances of child sexual exploitation and trafficking. With the right tools, resources, and knowledge, teachers and counselors can identify students who may be experiencing sexual violence and handle disclosures compassionately, which is critical to keeping young people safe. We help schools not only fulfill mandatory reporting guidelines but become powerful advocates for their students in situations of harm.

Complicated bureaucracy and lack of communication can be part of the process after a report is made, even with the most well-intentioned and informed educators, school staff and first responders. We provide additional capacity for schools by designating dedicated advocates for the student and their family during the sometimes complex, overwhelming process of reporting. We prioritize communication with the students who have disclosed that they have experienced sexual violence, and their families or caregivers as appropriate, to inform and provide them with all possible agency in the post-disclosure process. Schools protect their students best when they have implemented victim-centered, evidence-driven policies specific to responding to sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Nest Solutions

1

Effective School Policy

We help schools strengthen and streamline reporting protocols and procedures for all forms of child sexual violence, including effective follow-through with victims and families and their teachers and counselors.

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2

Compassionate Response Training

We train educators and school staff at all levels in mandatory reporting and by modeling compassionate, trauma-informed responses to disclosures by students.

Bring a training to your school
3

Victim Advocates

We coordinate with and follow up on action by law enforcement, direct service providers, and school staff involved in reporting. We emphasize the importance of communicating back to students, their families, and school staff who initiated the reporting.

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Suitable for
grades
6-12
Nine
50-Minute
Lessons
Over 15,000 students have been taught the Nest Program for Healthy Relationships.
Over 90% of students reported significantly increased levels of knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe.
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Students & Families

Student-Centered Support

You have options. Your voice is important, we believe you and we want you to be heard.

Navigating the process around disclosing sexual exploitation or trafficking can be overwhelming and confusing, but we are here to help. We provide specific information and resources to help students decide how and to whom to report abuse. Once a report is made, we help enable transparency in the process. All along the way, we provide children and youth victims the tools needed to feel empowered and supported throughout.

Nest Solutions

1

Immediate Resources

We provide external resources for hotlines and help direct victims to trusted adults at the school who are mandatory reporters and can move the reporting process forward

Get help now
2

Local Services & Support

We listen to victims and respond to their specific experiences and needs by connecting them to accessible, relevant local services, including safe housing, mental health services, support in filing a police report, and pro-bono legal assistance.

Connect with local services
Suitable for
grades
6-12
Nine
50-Minute
Lessons
Over 15,000 students have been taught the Nest Program for Healthy Relationships.
Over 90% of students reported significantly increased levels of knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe.
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First Responders

Impactful Approaches to Victim Response

Positive interactions with first responders are vital to child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking getting help and staying safe. Nest supports first responders by providing expert-created and vetted resources, and by following up with victims after the initial report,, an important element in community-building.

We strive to strengthen relationships between schools, local law enforcement and Child Protection Services as well as model compassionate, trauma-informed responses.. Our work ensures that first responders and the ecosystem of stakeholders are better equipped to support students who have experienced sexual exploitation or trafficking.

Nest’s work builds on response within schools, extending to all trusted adults providing support and care for children in situations of sexual violence. This includes engagement of pro-bono legal assistance, local NGOs, and legislators.

Nest Solutions

1

Urgent Resources

We fill the gaps when first responders have limited financial resources for lodging, clothes or other essential needs for victims. We identify and provide access to relevant support services, so that first responders can focus on efficiently getting children out of situations of harm.

Contact us with urgent needs
2

Evidence-Driven Training

We extend our approach for compassionate response to disclosure by bringing essential training to first responders so they can recognize the signs and expressions of trauma for effective victim-centered response.

Request a Training
3

Critical & Actionable Communication

We create connections and strengthen communication channels between the key actors involved in reporting processes after children have disclosed sexual violence to keep young people safe and to hold perpetrators accountable.

Work with your local community
Suitable for
grades
6-12
Nine
50-Minute
Lessons
Over 15,000 students have been taught the Nest Program for Healthy Relationships.
Over 90% of students reported significantly increased levels of knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe.
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Community

Community Action and Being an Ally

You create a safer community. Your awareness, understanding and action matters to children and teens facing situations of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Children in every community are victims of sexual violence. Combatting this is critical to building communities of care and to helping people become active bystanders from a place of curiosity, compassion, and courage. We need to know how to identify and challenge harmful behavior so we can see it as such and then change our behavior moving forward. In Nest’s programming, we encourage social action and community-oriented behavior to give young people the sense of belonging that tends to diminish risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The power of this community action radiates out to the entire community.

Nest Solutions

1

Advocate for Prevention

We need your help to bring our strengths-based, youth-centered curricula to all schools and students, to put into place evidence-driven policy and legislation at the school, district, and state levels, and to help drive more funding and resources to tackling the problem of child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

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2

Know the Signs

We disrupt the myths around child sex trafficking by providing knowledge and understanding of what sexual exploitation and trafficking looks like in practice and by giving you tools to know how to help children and teens who are victims of sexual violence.

Download our Free Guide
3

Sponsor a Screening

We can bring our original media about the root causes of child sexual exploitation and violence to your community or organization, including one of the first major feature films documenting child sex trafficking in the US, produced by Nest Executive Director Libby Spears alongside co-producers Abigail Disney, George Clooney & Steven Soderbergh.

Request a Screening
Suitable for
grades
6-12
Nine
50-Minute
Lessons
Over 15,000 students have been taught the Nest Program for Healthy Relationships.
Over 90% of students reported significantly increased levels of knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe.
Call to ActionBack to Top