Surviving Survival Sex

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United Nations Member States that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child's Option Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Pornography and Child Prostitution, are thereby charged with providing safe housing, medical care and legal representation for pediatric and adolescent males who have been sexually exploited. When a Member State does not honor these commitments, the consequences for the young survivors can be devastating.

The sexual exploitation of boys & adolescent males is such a socially explosive conversation that few people will speak about the trauma or get involved with building safe house programs that serve the kids' best interests. Connecting a kid to art & poetry provides him with some tools to communicate - because his life depends on it.

Show Me Your Life is an experimental art program. The poetry created by young males is read by adult male survivors across borders and generations in this collaborative advocacy initiative.

We are gravely concerned that funding to build & expand safe house programs for young male survivors is based on budgetary constraints rather than analysis of need.


It took us a month to make this. How long a thing takes to make is irrelevant.

What’s important is the WAY we love now.

How do we get past the survival part of survival sex.

By offering our empathy to people in the same cultural boat we are adrift in.

What’s important is the dialogue among the Smash Street Boys as they were seeing all the pieces of their second selves.

I would stop everything for that.

Why are we here.

Why are we doing this.

And more importantly, HOW are we doing this.

By the skin of our teeth.

Smash Street didn’t end. It changed colors like the woods in an autumn of storms and summers gone and visions we retained.

It’s just different.

We found ways to bring aboard more boys, not less.

We fanned out to the IDEA of PLACE all over the country.

In Portland, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Witchita, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Houston, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Minneapolis, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Atlanta, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Oklahoma City, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Chicago, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Denver, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

In Philadelphia, there are boys who do sex work. To survive.

After you’ve been in the life for a while, it begins to dawn on you that the operant word here is — survival.

So many of us are survivors of sexualized violence. That we become numb to it.

To survive.

So we might know ourselves.

We are doing survival workshops. All over the country. In order to articulate that we can organize all those various selves so we might — survive the next one, and the next one, and the next war of troubles that comes searching for us to punish all the little boy whores who so titillate the assembled married men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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