We are currently busy creating TRISTAN'S MOON; a dedicated art gallery to showcase the photographic imagery, video art, poetry and stories that speak of sexualized violence experienced by boys and boys whose lives are changed forever when servicing the sex trades (survival sex work and sex trafficking).
The safe house art gallery is based in upstate New York and is scheduled to open end of July 2013.
The survivor-led and peer-mentored online art program is also currently creating a screen play that follows the lives of two brothers who are sex trafficked to the USA.
We cannot thank everyone who has taken the time to support our survivor-led non-profit initiative and so doing raised the quality of life for the boys who, in truth, have few places that are safe to grow up and access trauma programs, medical care and any hope that the adulthood they are reaching for will be lived away from social neglect and stigma. For the kids know clearly that their lives will always be surrounded by people who will never welcome into their homes survivors with a history of sexual abuse, sex work and HIV/AIDS.
The legislation in place does not protect the kids, and there are no funding opportunities for the kids to live away from poverty which competes with everything and anything that anyone may have to say to the boys.
Facilitating for survivors to create safer places for their peers is an extraordinary gift that all our friends have offered to the boys.
Rachel Chapple, PhD
Founder, Real Stories Gallery Foundation 501c3
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