PEACE4Change is a new organization focused on raising community awareness about sexual assault and human trafficking. The new organization is led by Senior Kevin Williams and Supervisor Sharon Sullivan.
The organization plans to implement initiatives within the community to publicize the projects, including the Man to Man campaign. The goal of the campaign is to reach out to potential buyers of sexual services and educate them about the sociological and psychological impacts that these actions have not only on the victim, but also on society.
“I’m super excited about this band… I’m very proud [the organization about awareness for human trafficking] walked out of our class,” said Sullivan, who also teaches a course on the effects of human trafficking.
Sullivan has been at Washburn University for over 20 years and currently serves as head of the theater department. Sullivan also teaches drama, women’s and gender studies, and a course on human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is a big passion of mine,” Williams said. “That’s what brought me back to school.”
Williams explains the importance of broadening the conversation beyond the victims and focusing on the individuals who initiate the act, who are primarily male. The organization is also looking to bring together a panel of speakers to help deepen the conversation about sex trafficking within the community.
“I would like to bring in guest speakers, individuals within the community and outside the community, to discuss the impact that human trafficking has on our community and on our nation,” Williams said.
The organization’s long-term goal is to approach various locations within the community where sex trafficking is more prevalent and provide information on how to reduce or recognize potential sex trafficking.
“At this point, we have been in contact with several organizations in the community; we have ongoing collaboration with the Topeka Police and other law enforcement entities,” Williams said.
PEACE4Change is open to anyone interested in raising awareness about sex trafficking within the community. For more information on this new student organization, check their calendar for meeting times and locations.
Edited by Glorianna Noland, Justin Shepard