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Tell Congress: Support education to prevent sexual exploitation #ItEndsWithUs

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To succeed in stopping sexual slavery, the United States Congress must pass legislation requiring sex trafficking education for students and training for teachers, the first responders to classroom crises. 

During my run for Miss Hawai'i, I met a young woman who, at only 14 years old, was trafficked at the hands of a brutal pimp. As she discussed her experiences, I felt traumatized in my own right. In mere weeks, however, this girl, who had been stripped of freedom and dignity, began to see herself as fully human, saying, "One day, I will help other girls like me."

For her and the thousands of other child victims, I created UNITE, an educational program devoted to ending sex trafficking. Through research-based anti-exploitation curricula, we help students build healthy relationships and recognize threatening situations. Because one organization cannot reach all of our nation's youth, though, our elected leaders must act, today, to protect our children from modern-day slavery. That is why, as part of my Miss America journey, UNITE has written a bill to implement anti-human-trafficking education in schools throughout the U.S.

Every year, more than 100,000 children are sold for sex in the United States. Over 60 percent of trafficked children are under the age of 16, with the average age a child enters into sexual slavery being only 13 years old. They are repeatedly raped and beaten, advertised on the internet, and are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD as soldiers in a war zone. Yet, through education we will end exploitation.

To help keep our children safe, sign and share this petition demanding that Congress mandate sex trafficking prevention lessons in our nation's schools. Exploitation begins with our children. #ItEndsWithUs

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