This article originally came to my attention courtesy of the editors of the Good Men Project, an outfit dedicated to the incursion of positive male role play in our society and a greater awareness of what constitutes the dynamics of male/female relationships.
That said the following article set below intrigued me enough that I set out permission to reprint it in whole. At its basis the article examines the root of teen prostitution, or rather the exploits inherent in dysfunctional male/female relationships and what can be done to realize other alternatives.
In an age where the media gives overwhelming coverage of celebrities and socialites, it’s important to also stop and consider the dynamics inherent in our relationships no matter what sector of society these issues arise. That said, enjoy the read- it has a lot to say about the dynamics of male female relationships and the struggle of attainment of self.– Scallywag.
The Goodmen Project;Tom Matlack speaks to administrators at Germaine Lawrence, a treatment facility for troubled and exploited girls.
Germaine Lawrence is a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls. They serve girls whose behaviors include school failure, suicide attempts, cutting, sexually acting out, drug or alcohol abuse, running away, eating disorders, aggression, or firesetting. They are also a leading treatment center for teenage girls who have been sexually exploited.
David Hirshberg is the executive director of Germaine Lawrence. Amy Corbett is the clinical director of the ACT Group Home. Nikki Valila is the program director of the ACT Group Home.
MATLACK: David, I understand that here at Germaine Lawrence, you treat a number of acute problems for teenage girls and are successful with all but one of the populations: girls who are sexually exploited. I’d like to hear about that.
HIRSHBERG: The majority of our girls have experienced traumatic sexual and physical abuse. They develop a wide variety of behaviors—they might try to commit suicide; they might cut themselves. But one way or the other, they hurt themselves. Other girls hurt other people: They physically assault people; they sexually abuse people; they set fires; they join gangs and get into criminal problems. Perhaps the biggest group, though, runs away from the abusive setting. And when girls run away, they’re “lucky” because there are guys out there who give them a place to stay, they give them food, they give them alcohol and drugs. The girls think, “This is a great guy.” They don’t see it as trading sex for a place to stay or food or drugs and alcohol. They just see it as, “I got a new boyfriend.”