I heard my friend Lamont, Co-Founder of Love146 give a talk recently, challenging boys to rebel against a hyper sexualized and pimp culture that they are growing up in. He used the definition of Rock and Roll from the
Here's the reality…Very few people wake up in the morning at 40 years of age and make a spontaneous decision to rape a child or exploit a woman. That kind of “behavior” can be a result of many things, not the least of which is a “grooming” that has taken place over the years by a culture that normalizes and even glorifies objectifying and disrespecting women and girls. The ultimate “sticking it to the man” is to rebel against that culture.
Certainly, a key to preventing exploitation is educating and empowering girls. But a big missing piece is doing the same for boys. After all, boys will be the future “customers”, representing the demand side which continues to fuel trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. So much of our effort in the anti-trafficking movement centers on creating stronger laws, and then enforcing those laws. This is obviously crucial and a powerful deterrent. But we need to start much earlier, by educating and empowering boys to defend, respect and protect instead of exploit, hurt and abuse.
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