This presentation walks you through the story of Amy and other children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. Would you be able to recognize a child or teenager who is being trafficked in your health care clinic, classroom or neighborhood? This presentation is based on real children seen in a pediatric Emergency Department and will equip you to feel more confident in identifying human trafficking regardless of your profession. The stories of these survivors show vulnerabilities and red flags that have helped health care workers identify patients who are being abused and exploited. This presentation will also dispel myths related to sexual assault and child commercial sexual exploitation.
Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:
1. To understand the common vulnerabilities of children who are being trafficked
2. To feel confident in identifying children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation
3. To understand what red flags will be seen in children who are being exploited
Heidi Olson (RN, BSN, CPN, SANE-P) is a Certified Pediatric Nurse and a Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). She works as the SANE Program Coordinator at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas and Missori. Heidi has a wide range of experience in pediatric and forensic nursing and her role includes performing forensic exams on children who have been victims of sexual assault; following up with victims and their families after discharge; communicating with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, the FBI; and educating the healthcare staff on topics regarding children and sexual exploitation. Heidi also serves an expert witness for the prosecution during trials for victims of sexual assault. In the last two years, Heidi has performed or reviewed over 900 pediatric sexual assault cases. Heidi has presented over 100 times in the last two years about recognizing human trafficking, the harms of pornography, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation, in venues ranging from nursing schools to national conferences in Washington D.C. Most recently, Heidi testified in favor of a bill to the KS Legislation about needed resources for youth with problematic sexual behaviors and the bill was just signed into law. Heidi is currently getting her master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on public health.
This presentation was given at the 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit. endexploitationsummit.com/