Kate Price, M.A.: Longing to Belong: Relational Risks and Resilience in U.S. Prostituted Children
Lunchtime Seminar March 15, 2012 (50:52 min.)
Prostituted children are vulnerable to exploitation through the lack of secure relationships and histories of betrayal. Furthermore, the very assumption that children will be protected is fundamental to our proprietary, private family-based (white, heterosexual) culture. And yet, prostituted children, like all people, require nurturing relationships and belonging. Providing relationship-building and conflict resolution skills, within the framework of prostituted children's relational challenges such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and betrayal histories, provides hope and agency in a culture that is ready to disregard and incriminate children who do not fit in the innocence mold. Kate Price, M.A., is Program Associate at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.