Girls who have been commercially sexually exploited have an incredible array of needs in every area of life. Celestia Tracy has developed the Princess Lost curriculum to provide healing in several of those areas. This material will be available for the first time beginning Saturday, November 12, 2011.
The four-part program (Princess Lost, music CD, interactive journal and mentors’ guide) revolves around a fairy tale. A princess in a beautiful kingdom runs away in fright after her uncle enters her room at night and abuses her. She finds herself trapped by goblins in a cave, along with many other children. In order for Princess Regina to be set free, someone must die on her behalf.
The girls see themselves and their hopeless situations in the tale. They work with a trained peer mentor who has gone through the program herself as a survivor, and a total of 76 hours of intensive healing care. Interactive exercises are provided for the girls to look deeply into the dynamics and pain of their own stories and to work through the trauma in a safe, nurturing environment. Each piece of the material gives opportunity for these survivors to share the confusing and complex stories that they have lived, without being judged or maligned.
Additionally, the young ladies will see a licensed clinician at the intake interview and throughout the healing journey. Celestia Tracy has found that the most success comes when the Princess Lost process happens prior to the clinical trauma therapy. The girls connect deeply with the peer mentor due to the similarities of their stories, and ask to spend three to four hours at a time working through the assignments. After they have experienced some freedom in sharing their woundings, they are more willing and able to do the work of therapy.
Currently, 22 girls have gone through Princess Lost over the past two years. Some have graduated and are being trained as peer mentors and speakers on behalf of the sex trafficking issue. The young ladies come from a variety of places. Some have been in shelters, some are in foster care or juvenile detention, and occasionally, a girl is still with a pimp. The mentor is assigned to one girl and goes to her location, and the two will continue together for the entire program, which may take 14 months or more. The mentor commits to meeting with the survivor for the long-term, even in the middle of the night in times of crisis, and is under supervision of a licensed clinician.
Safe, nurturing relationships are crucial to the restoration of these children who have been damaged beyond words through malevolent relationships of sexual slavery. In working through the Princess Lost exercises, the girls are so traumatized that they don’t want to deal with the memories alone. They want to talk through every incident and need the constant reassurance of being valued and loved.
One goal of the Mending the Soul Ministries is that enough survivors will be trained so that every girl in every city who has been sexually abused or forced into sex trafficking will be able to have a peer mentor to walk with her in the healing process.
Next: The social science research behind Princess Lost
Princess Lost series:
Part 1: Princess Lost: A healing curriculum for sexually trafficked girls
Part 2: Successful intervention, healing for sex slavery victims comes with peer mentors
Part 3: Healing for sex trafficking survivors: Social science-based curriculum
Part 4: Celestia Tracy: A heart for the sexually abused and dedication to healing
Part 5: Child sex slavery remedy: Princess Lost has global impact prior to publication
Part 6: Long awaited Princess Lost curriculum for sex trafficked girls debuts Nov 12
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