Reduce child exploitation
What We Do
Our mission is to empower adults to prevent and respond to child exploitation with Christ-centered justice, accomplished by providing three core service programs. That educate, train, and aid with a child-centered focus. As a result, we become a catalyst for change inside and outside systematic structures.
We prevent exploitation by educating the public on the evidence-based reality of child exploitation in the United States and training our citizens to recognize behavior patterns in both victims and perpetrators.
Moreover, 10.18’s goal is to stop all forms of child exploitation from happening in the first place. Our prevention training was born out of the expressed request by victims for us to teach caring adults to protect the children around them. Consequently, we can produce better outcomes for children by preventing harm from ever occurring.
We respond to child exploitation by training adults not to dismiss nudges, no matter where the concerns stem. Prevention is ideal, but we must be ready to recognize the subtle signs—and respond immediately and appropriately.
Moreover, 10.18 is here to aid families on the frontlines in the realities of fighting for children who are at-risk or endangered. We provide training and guidance on advocating amid complex systems and situations. Consequently, we can increase the impact on endangered children’s lives by improving early detection and effective action.
National Child Exploitation Stats
Include Children With Loving and Caring Adults
An untold number of victims have shared their heart-wrenching stories with us. As a result, we have wept, held, and cried with many as they have shared the horrors they have experienced. Many of them tell their stories to us for the very first time. In addition, the vast majority had a loving and caring adult in their lives who did not know how to prevent or recognize the abuse happening. In short, if the adults in their lives knew what to do, they could have helped to prevent or stop their abuse! Likewise, our country’s 50 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse can confirm these sobering realities. To make the desperately needed impact, we must first be aware of the systematic failures and assess the gaps in which children don’t get help. So, we must become innovative in providing child abuse prevention and early detection.
The orphans and the oppressed will be terrified no longer, for You will bring them justice and no one will trouble them. Psalms 10.18