This event was part of the national symposium, Out Of The Shadows: Addressing the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Men. The event was hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Washington College, and The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. Learn more at endsexualexploitation.org/boysandmen/
As told from the perspective of a male survivor of childhood sex trafficking, this presentation will offer an inside look at how men and boys are prostituted and trafficked, and will explore the deep complexities and obstacles that are ever present in the lives of male sex abuse survivors. The presentation will furthermore provide insight into the gender-specific needs of male survivor recovery, as well as to share some valuable tools which agencies and caregivers can utilize in the effort to assist male survivors towards attaining a viable pathway to healing.
My name is Tom Jones. I was molested at age six and then sex trafficked until age 15 and briefly prostituted in my mid-20s. After processing the trauma and impact of my own exploitation, I founded The H.O.P.E. Project (Healing, Outreach and Peer Empowerment) to create an open and safe space for men to talk about being sexually exploited and work through deep feelings of shame and secrecy to be able to begin healing.