Safe Harbor / No Wrong Door
Someplace Safe’s Safe Harbor programming supports sexually exploited & trafficked youth to age 24. Advocates provide trauma-informed advocacy and connect youth with resources and support.
Toll Free: 1-800-974-3359
Minnesota youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals. They will be treated with dignity and respect, and directed to supportive services, shelter and housing that meet their needs and recognize their right to make their own choices.
Sexual exploitation of youth in Minnesota is commonly overlooked, misidentified as something else and undocumented.
What is Sexual Exploitation?
Minor Commercial Sexual Exploitation occurs when someone under the age of 18 engages in commercial sexual activity. A commercial sexual activity occurs when anything of value or a promise of anything of value (e.g., money, drugs, food, shelter, rent, or higher status in a gang or group) is given to a person by any means in exchange for any type of sexual activity. A third party may or may not be involved.
Safe Harbor supportive services grantees provide victim-centered services specifically designed to heal the trauma experienced by Minnesota’s sexually exploited youth. These organizations offer services in a variety of ways, depending on culture, gender, and the needs of the region, ensuring that services are easily accessed by youth.
No Wrong Door
No Wrong Door is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and multi-state agency approach and service delivery model. It works to ensure communities across Minnesota have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively identify sexually exploited and at-risk youth. These youths will be provided victim-centered trauma-informed services and safe housing.
To learn more about Safe Harbor and No Wrong Door implementation, please visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/topic/safeharbor
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