Free training class on halting sexual exploitation of children offered

A free training class on the commercial sexual exploitation of children will be offered at the Sunnyside Community Center on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The class will be taught by Leslie Briner of Youth Care and will teach attendees the framework and cultural context of sexual exploitation and the methods of exploitation, focusing on gang-based exploitation.

At the conclusion of the seven-hour training session, participants will have developed an awareness of the complex issue of the sexual exploitation of youth, have an understanding of the language and subculture of "the life" and be familiar with laws and the legal implications pertaining to sexually exploited youth and those who exploit them.

The training will also help participants to begin to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address sexual exploitation in diverse settings.

Among the topics covered will be engagement and safety planning, mental health and trauma bonding and tending to the physical health needs of exploited youth.

Coffee and networking will start at 8:30 a.m. with training beginning at 9 a.m. A light lunch will be provided for attendees.

To register or for more information contact Suzi Carpino at 509-305-4383 or e-mail her at


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