Young men at Robeson High School participate in the CAASE curriculum.

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation
A Curriculum for High School Boys

The best way to address sexual exploitation is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Young men are exposed to a culture that stigmatizes women in prostitution, yet glamorizes pimping and patronizing the sex trade. CAASE has created and implemented the first curriculum in the country specifically designed to educate young men about the harms of prostitution and to enlist them as allies in the movement to end violence against women and girls. We have reached more than 1,000 students since the curriculum launched in 2010.

Our instructor visits classrooms in Chicagoland to bring this multiple-session course directly to students. The interactive classes invite young men to examine the constructs of masculinity that have been presented to them by our culture. They learn about the realities of the commercial sex trade and human trafficking. Young men are asked to consider how pressures to “be a man” can influence their decisions to patronize the sex trade.

Young men who have taken the curriculum have a lot to say. In their responses after the classes, they said "From now on I will:
•    “Think different of the word pimp.”
•    “Not buy sex.”
•    “Treat all women with respect so that they won’t feel like they are less than anybody else.”
•    “Know that a man does not need sex to be considered a man.”
•    “Inform others about the facts I have learned about the sex trade.”

The curriculum meets several Illinois State Board of Education learning standards. To learn more about bringing the curriculum to your school, read more here and contact caleb@caase.org.

Other Workshops Available for Students
CAASE also offers one-session workshops for free for schools and programs that work with high-school-age students. Each workshop can be tailored to meet a school’s individual needs.  They can be presented in 45 minutes, or extended to 60 or 90 minutes if desired.  Each can be implemented with small groups (10-25) or larger groups (25-200). Read about the available workshops here.