"Sometimes You Have To Be The Leader": A Minnesota Oral History On Fighting Sexual Exploitation
Trudee Able-Peterson has 43 years’ experience in the field of youth services as a direct care provider, program developer, trainer, consultant, and administrator. In 1984, she developed the first street outreach project (The Streetwork Project) to sexually exploited homeless youth program in New York, in Times Square. She has worked as a national consultant and development coordinator for new street outreach programs funded by Federal Youth Services Bureau, and was the project coordinator for the Empire State Coalition in Region II to develop street outreach programming in rural, suburban, and small urban cities in New York State from 1990-1994. She has worked as an international consultant in 12 countries for street outreach to exploited children and youth. She is currently an independent consultant working with youth outreach programs, focusing on boundaries and ethics and sexually exploited youth outreach.
Prostitution survivor Trudee Able-Peterson used oral histories to research and document the efforts of women and men to respond to the sexual exploitation of women and children in Minnesota. Her findings illustrate the leadership needed to overcome centuries of commercial sexual exploitation to obtain a beginning societal response. Respondents indicated the importance of their interaction with pioneer leaders in other locales. Their comments also illustrate the many issues and challenges still facing the community.
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Able-Peterson, Trudee (2019) ""Sometimes You Have To Be The Leader": A Minnesota Oral History On Fighting Sexual Exploitation," Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence: Vol. 4: Iss. 2, Article 7. https://doi.org/10.23860/dignity.2019.04.02.07
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