Tom Jones Trafficking Survivor
September 28, 2017

Tom Survived Sex Trafficking. Here’s His Message.

At the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, we work tirelessly to end sexual exploitation and to expose the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. But nothing we can say can move hearts or inspire concrete action like Tom Jones’ heart-wrenching but triumphant testimony given at our national symposium here in our nation’s Capital.

Tom was a childhood victim of sex trafficking — at the hands of his own father — for almost a decade. One of his adult male abusers was so violent, and took such pleasure in torturing Tom, that Tom dubbed him, “The Strangler.”

Today, after an incredible journey through life, joining the military, and seeking counseling, Tom is healed. He is a loving husband and father, and helps other victims like himself find healing. Because boys and men who are victims feel virtually voiceless today and have almost no resources available to them.

Tom’s testimony at our historic symposium shed light on the sexual exploitation of boys and men — and his story was met with tear filled eyes and boisterous applause. The event, “Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Men” was not only our first event highlighting the trafficking and sexual exploitation of boys, but it is the first national event held on the topic discussing the web of exploitation facing many males today. Hundreds of thousands of boys suffer sexual exploitation and so many are trapped. We are here to help them – YOU and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

We are here to help them – YOU, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Tom Jones’ organization The H.O.P.E. Project and more.

Help Break the Silence by Sharing Tom Jones’ Inspiring Story in the Below Video.

The Silent Brotherhood: Engaging the Issues of Sexually Exploited Boys and Men in America – Tom Jones from Center On Sexual Exploitation on Vimeo.

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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