Moving on and going forward after prostitution

Lois Lee, PhD, Founder & President of Children of the Night, shares advice on how to help children move forward in life after being rescued from prostitution
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Moving on and going forward after prostitution

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The work at Children of the Night is not just about rescuing children from the horrific past, it's about protecting their futures. And that's why the Children of the Night school has a different name. There are many young women who have been prostitutes and the trend now is to come out and identify yourself as a sex trafficking victim and there's a cottage industry that has been created for them. But I caution my children that's not about what happened to them. Because you were forced to prostitute is a circumstance. It is not an identity. It does not define who you are. I cannot make all of those memories and those horrible things go away, what I can do is put a distance between those experiences and where you going to where you start to forget the details. Don't let prostitution, the act of prostitution, the unfortunate experience define who you are. This is only a circumstance and you have further to go and so much more to contribute.

Lois Lee, PhD, Founder & President of Children of the Night, shares advice on how to help children move forward in life after being rescued from prostitution

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Lois Lee, PhD, JD

Founder & President Children of the Night

Dr. Lois Lee is a pioneer and trailblazer in rescuing America’s sex trafficked children right here in the United States.  She is the founder and president of Children of the Night and has rescued over 10,000 children from prostitution—that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking organizations combined. Since 1979 she has raised more than $40 million in private donations to support her groundbreaking programs. Diplomats come from all over the world to observe Lee's ground-breaking work at the Children of the Night home. Dr. Lee has received countless awards for her humanitarian work, most notably the prestigious President's Volunteer Action Award, presented to her by President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1984, and permanent memorial portrait at the Frederick Douglas Museum honors her 1994 National Caring Award. Her life story was portrayed in a CBS Movie of the Week “Children of the Night” in 1985 and she was profiled on CBS “60 Minutes” in 1987. Dr. Lee was lauded by singer/songwriter Richard Marx in his song "Children of the Night," which appeared on his 1989 Repeat Offender album.

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