Each year, Alameda County proclaims the fourth week in April as Sexually Exploited Minors Awareness Week (SEM).
The SEM Network uses this opportunity to put together events to raise awareness and education around the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), to promote collaborative efforts in addressing the issue, and to support the empowerment of young people impacted by the underground sex trade.
*Tuesday 4/24, 7-10p :: Happy Hour*
SomaR Bar | 1727 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Let’s build community over good music & drinks!
Music by AllDayPlay.fm with Mike Biggz, 21+
*Wednesday 4/25, 4-7p :: CSEC Vigil*
Fruitvale Public Market | 3340 E 12th St, Oakland
Community Resources & Information
*Friday 4/27, 3-6p :: Youth Block Party*
EastSide Arts Alliance Cultural Center | 2277 International Blvd, Oakland
Youth-geared event, performances, prizes (iPods for winning youth performers in dance, music, poetry)!
Throughout each of the events, there will be an opportunity for everyone to interact and engage with CSEC support. There will be a traveling art project in which you can write a note or draw an image that depicts empowerment for CSEC survivors and youth impacted by sexual exploitation. You can place your contributions in the treasure box that will be distributed to youth, community members and go towards policy change that promotes healthy development, healing and empowerment for CSECs.
Please feel free to spread the word about these events, and especially to youth. The youth-friendly events are Monday’s open mic & Friday’s block party.