Why we MUST take action against Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)
Cindy Downing and Kelli Clark, two pioneering sisters passionate about making a difference in the lives of young girls and called to serve the at-risk population, started the Downing Clark Center
in 2005. They established a private residential treatment center that could accommodate up to 72 girls. Since it began, the Downing Clark Center has housed and impacted the lives of hundreds of girls.
Re-launching as the Downing Clark HOPE Center & Academy (DCHCA)
in fall of 2011, the facility will provide healing and restorative care to the growing population of girls who are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). No facility like the Downing Clark HOPE Center & Academy exists in Georgia or, in fact, the nation. It is estimated that in Georgia alone, 300-500 girls are commercially sexually exploited each month and the average age is between 12-14 years old. With the precipitous increase of sexual trafficking in this country, and with Georgia's own statistics leading that of most other states, there is a dire need for the services of the Downing Clark Hope Center.
These traffickers/pimps are not always who you think... the statistics are SHOCKING!
Did you know????
- 7,200 men will pay for sex acts with adolescent females each month in Georgia (about 300 each day).
- Over 400 adolescent females are prostituted each month in Georgia
- 42% of the men who buy sex from minors live North of the Perimeter
- Exploited girls do not self-identify as victims, and deny victimization due to fear of the physical and psychological abuse inflicted by the trafficker/pimp, as well as trauma bonds developed through the victimization process.
- Entry into the juvenile justice system may actually disqualify commercially exploited children from accessing victim of crime funds and specialized medical health services to address exploitation issues.
Source: Hidden in Plain View: 2005 Mayor’s Report
and CSEC Demand Study.
Our goal is to foster a brighter future for hundreds of formerly abused girls by offering:
- Protective shelter and care
- Counseling and therapy
- Spiritual restoration through the hope and love of Christ.
The Downing Clark HOPE Center offers a quality residential program where treatment services are delivered by our highly- trained staff, including a child and adolescent psychiatrist, master’s level and licensed clinicians with expertise in trauma and 24/7 nursing care. Our multidisciplinary team of professionals uses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to develop Individual Service Plans (ISP) that addresses the “whole girl” (Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit).