Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.
Feb 10, 2017

Mid-Year Update

February, 2017

 Although the calendar has turned the page on a new year, Chicago’s high school students are just over the half-way point.  With the school year at its midpoint, we’d like to share some of our initial successes in the classroom.

CAASE educators have seen:

  • a 22% increase in the number of students who say they will “never” call a girl or woman by a derogatory name like slut or hoe,
  • a 178% increase in the number of students who think pornography poses a problem to society,
  • a 77% increase in the number of students who say they would not go to a strip club if given the opportunity, and
  • a 79% increase in the number of students who say they will discourage their friends from this behavior.

CAASE views these as key indicators of success because commercial sexual exploitation is able to flourish when society tolerates the objectification of certain people.  Calling some women sluts and watching others degraded through pornography are ways of participating in objectifying some women.  Remaining silent as a friend does it, is a way of tolerating it.

Students are getting the message, and committing to taking a stand.  As one student told us:

“I have a new understanding for why it is important to respect all women.”

Nov 14, 2016

Progress Report

Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s Prevention Curricula:

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation and

Empowering Young Women to End Sexual Exploitation

 

November, 2016

 

This week marked the beginning of another school year, and Chicago’s half-million students are back in their desks.  CAASE’s educators hope to build upon the success of last year and expand the total number of school partners.  The team has already begun scheduling workshops with existing partners, and has had promising meetings with potential partners.  Some of those partners are urban Preparatory high Schools in Bronzeville and Englewood. Chicago’s Math and Science Academy, DRW College Preparatory, and starting in January we will be at Lakeview High School. We do not see it stopping there. With a solid team and great support, we anticipate partnering up with several more schools and expand our program.

 

So far since the start of this 2016-2017 school year we have delivered our program to over 300 high school students and look forward to serving more. Some of their responses have been, “I never realized how big a problem this was”, “Will you be able to come again? We really enjoy you guys”, and, “How can I volunteer with this organization?”

 

One of the greatest reasons we are able to deliver our curriculum to these students and feel confident in our delivery and growth is because of the team’s increase in size.  This year, with your support we have been able to enhance CAASE’s education department by expanding it to a two-man staff program, plus interns. In September Milton Coronado joined our team as educator. He comes with a professional and extensive history of working in social services and education. We are excited about his contribution to the achievement of the goals CAASE strives for every day and together we can achieve that goal.  We have been taking advantage of several trainings and given the sensitive nature of topics covered in the Empowering Youth programs; this was incredibly helpful to the whole team.

 

In addition to delivering our curriculum in high schools, our prevention program has been quite busy presenting informative seminars and educating others on human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This not only invited our prevention department to be educated in these sensitive and critical areas, but they are opportunities for CAASE to grow and make a bigger and stronger impact in the community.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support of our prevention education efforts.  It is only through your generosity that together we are able to reach thousands of students each year and equip and empower them to stand as allies against sexual violence and exploitation.  

Aug 11, 2016

Impact Report for 2015-16 School Year

The Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation (EYM) program engages young men between the ages of 14 and 18 in reducing and eliminating sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking.  It includes four 45-minute sessions during which participants discuss healthy relationships, violence prevention, and both social and personal responsibility.  Surveys designed to measure the students’ attitudes, knowledge, and behavior regarding sexual violence, exploitation, and trafficking are administered at the beginning of the first session and end of the last session.  There were 533 young men who participated in the program.  Only the results of those who attended at least three of the sessions and completed both surveys are represented.

 Attitudes

After completing EYM, young men were significantly more likely to agree that:

  • Prostitution is a serious problem in the United States,
  • Internet pornography is a problem. and
  • Men don’t need to pay for sex.

 Knowledge

After completing EYM, most young men were able to correctly identify:

  • The average age at which people enter prostitution, and
  • How often people in prostitution experience violence.

 Behavior

After completing EYM, young men said they were:

  • Significantly more likely to intervene when a friend used a word like “slut” to describe a girl,
  • Significantly less likely to go to a strip club, and
  • Significantly more likely to discourage their friends from going to strip clubs.

 Free Response

The following shows the broad themes that emerged from how young men who completed EYM responded to the prompt, “From now on, I will…”

  • Respect women more (35.9%),
  • Stop watching porn (21.8%),
  • Use social media to raise awareness (16.7%),
  • Be a positive role model for others (9.0%),
  • Stay the same (7.7%),
  • Make a personal change of another kind (5.8%), and
  • Not buy sex (3.2%). 

Your contributions helped make these changes possible.  Thank you again for supporting CAASE through GlobalGiving!

 
   

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