When the McCain Institute and the Administration for Children and Families asked our President & Co-founder Rob Morris to give the keynote speech on “Why Prevention Education” the September, 2019 National Roundtable on Safeguarding Children and Prevention Education, he thought it might be the shortest speech ever. He boiled it down to: “Because Prevention Education will create a safer world for children.” Simple, right? But getting there is the hard part.
My first experience with this phrase is deeply etched in my mind: A young girl shared that she had met a group of people — people she thought were her friends. When things began to change, she wasn’t aware what was happening until it was too late. She said, “If only I’d known then what I know now.” These “friends” became her traffickers. They identified her vulnerability and need for connection, and they skillfully exploited it.