This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Co-Founder/Director, Men’s Accountability, Organization for Prostitution Survivors
King County, Washington is home to a groundbreaking collaborative effort to end Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) by promoting men’s accountability. Peter Qualliotine co-coordinates this project and will describe his work with the innovative 10 week sex buyer intervention program Stopping Sexual Exploitation: a Program for Men (SSE). He will also discuss how this program fits with the holistic model being developed to engage men in multiple sectors of society in efforts to end the harmful practice of sex buying by shifting the social and cultural norms at the root of the problem.
Peter Qualliotine is co-founder of Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS), a Seattle based group dedicated to stopping the harm of commercial sexual exploitation. Peter became involved in efforts to stop commercial sexual exploitation in the early 1990’s as a volunteer for the Portland, Oregon based Council for Prostitution Alternatives. In 1994 he founded the Sexual Exploitation Education Project (SEEP), a non-profit with the mission of promoting men’s accountability in stopping violence against women and children. As program coordinator of SEEP, Peter collaborated with the staff of the Portland Women’s Crisis Line to develop a comprehensive prevention curriculum for middle and high school students on the issues of sexual harassment; sexual assault; intimate partner violence and commercial sexual exploitation. In 1995, SEEP created one of the first intervention programs in the nation for buyers of commercial sex, an innovative 17-hour experiential education workshop which addressed the demand side of the prostitution problem through the lens of men’s accountability. In 2015, Peter launched “Stopping Sexual Exploitation: a Program for Men” a 10 session prostitution buyers intervention program utilized by municipalities in King County, WA.