Adverse Childhood Experiences and Sexual Exploitation: Toxic Stress May Increase Vulnerabilities

Erin Wirsing, MSW - Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

September 03, 2020

Training Description

Awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) continues to increase and be linked with both physical illness and social issues. What is not often considered is how this may impact a child's vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). While low socioeconomic status and emotional neglet are widely accepted vulnerabilities for CSE, it is also important to consider how the home environment may affect a child's ability to recognize dangerous situations. While reviewing the ACEs questionnaire and the impacts of trauma and toxic stress, participants learn how to assess for vulnerabilities that may not be as obvious. Presenters share from professional experience working with vulnerable children. The session also address ways to increase protective factors and possible preventative efforts for providers to share with children.