Jerome Elam To Share His Experiences with Human Trafficking at Three Upcoming Events
In a program titled, “Trafficked Boys: Bringing Male Victims of Sex Trafficking Out of the Shadows,” Jerome Elam, President and CEO of Trafficking in America Task Force, will share his life story at three separate presentations to be held in Austin and Rochester, Minn., on Oct. 17-18, 2016. Jerome, a professional speaker and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, was raised in a home with domestic and child abuse. Victimized by his stepfather, a molester involved in a pedophile ring, Jerome became enslaved in the dark world of sex trafficking.
Today, Jerome’s ministry is focused on saving innocent children from predators. Since society generally expects that boys and young men should be able to take care of themselves, we don’t often hear of boys or young men as victims of sex trafficking. There is a certain degree of shame and embarrassment associated with this form of abuse. Jerome is sharing his experiences in the hope that those suffering in silence will find the courage to speak out and share their voice.
We are offering these three events free of charge. On Monday evening, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m., Jerome will make a presentation at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, East Building, at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn. Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, two programs will be held in Rochester. The public is invited to bring a bag lunch to the Auditorium at the Rochester Public Library at noon, or attend the program at RCTC’s Heintz Center at 7 p.m.
Come hear this compelling story* of what a male victim of sex trafficking encountered. Help us to raise awareness and prevent this from happening to other boys and young men.
These events are co-sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis, Mission 21, Rochester Public Library, RCTC Student Life, Riverland Community College and the Austin Human Rights Commission. Continuing education units for social work are being sponsored by Dodge, Fillmore and Olmsted County Victim Services.
* Jerome’s story is one of several recorded in the “The Silence” a documentary which has received 29 awards and 16 nominations at film festivals around the world. Recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it and is now eligible for an Oscar. Cleo Tellier, the writer and director, is an advocate for victims of abuse. “The Silence” is now being used at 12 universities across North America in Schools of Social Work to educate students about human trafficking.