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In this episode of The 411 Live, host Beverly Taylor, continues into Part 2 with our guest, Dr. Debbie Lassiter, CEO of Convergence Resource Center and Lisa McCormick, a Parent Advocate. We continue to discuss the impact that sex trafficking has on the family. Lisa continues her story, giving detailed account of how her son’s experience impacted her and the family. The misunderstandings they had with the situation and the trauma they experienced with it. Lisa goes on to say, “Yeah. And I kind of compared it a lot to, I’m having a newborn baby at home again. We did not trust him anymore, um, after all the runaways and all the drug use and everything. And so I had to have somebody watch him 24 hours a day. So someone had the day shift, someone had the night shift. We never, you know, left him completely alone”.
Dr. Debbie Lassiter goes on to explain the family’s side of sex trafficking and what it does over time. The change in the types of relationships the victim has with their families, what seems to be a sudden change in personalities, and the right and wrong ways families can respond to such a tragic situation. Dr. Debbie Lassiter says, “The family will absolutely have vicarious trauma. They will absolutely, because they love the person. They absolutely will feel some of what they felt and then they won’t know what to do with that feeling”. Dr. Debbie Lassiter also goes on to explain how a family member can approach the situation and the understanding family members will need to have to help support trafficked victims. Sex trafficking doesn’t just effect the victim but also the ones close to them, it’s a ripple effect. Join Beverly and guest as we embark on change, for a better future.
About Through the Eyes of a Parent Program
This program is designed to offer support for those whose loved ones are being or have been sexually exploited, involved in human trafficking or the commercial sex trade. Some of the topics that will be covered in this 12 session program include: trafficking and how it affects your life, barriers to re-entry, preparing parents and loved ones for re-entry. We have worked with community leaders, mental health professionals and persons with lived experience to develop this program. If this interests you and you are working with families that could use this type of support Convergence Resource Center would like to share more with you at an informational meeting.
If you would like to learn more about Convergence Resource Center and Through the Eyes of a Parent, email them at [email protected] or contact them at (414)-979-05-91.
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