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DHS Students To Present ‘It Could Happen to You’

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DHS Students To Present ‘It Could Happen to You’
Posted on 05/02/2016
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Deering High School students on Tuesday, May 3, will present an original performance titled “It Could Happen To You,” which exposes the reality of sexual exploitation of minors in Maine. In partnership with Stop Trafficking ME and under the direction of DHS drama teacher Kathleen Harris, students will perform this free, public production at 6:30 pm in the Deering High School auditorium.

Following the production, Homeland Security Officer Peter DiMarzio; Cumberland County District Attorney Christine Thibeault; Gia Drew of Equality Maine; Beth Peavey from Longcreek Juvenile Detention Center; and survivor Catherine Mossman will lead a discussion with the audience. This panel will address how the Maine community can continue to work together to end the horror of child sex abuse that leads to trafficking.

“It Could Happen to You,” was written and produced by DHS students. It covers the story and timeline of how childhood sexual assault is often the genesis to sex trafficking and the precursor for many other behaviors later in life such as teen suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, violent actions, school drop outs, and incarceration. Results of the 2015 Maine Human Trafficking Needs Assessment, conducted by Hornby Zeller Associates, indicate that between 200-300 people are victims of sex trafficking in Maine annually. Catherine Mossman, a survivor and executive director of Stop Trafficking ME, believes that most people in Maine simply do not know what is happening. “This production will serve as a model for training students to be a resource for their peers and communities, by giving them the knowledge and tools needed to help educate and raise awareness to help prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking in Maine,” Mossman said. She said the plan is to film the performance and make copies available to other high schools in Maine.