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