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March 25, 2011

GEMS is a role model to young women survivors of sexual exploitation, as well as to the public at large. The organization provides our society's most vulnerable and silenced young women with a safe place to heal, learn, and thrive. Meanwhile, GEMs offers the public the opportunity to step up to the issue of girls' sexual exploitation through its powerful films and awareness campaigns. GEMS exemplifies courage, perseverance, and transformation in a culture that condones getting rich off girls at the cost of girls' lives.

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I feel more capable of speaking about and taking action on the issue of girls' sexual exploitation after having attended a GEMS event and visited the GEMS website.

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Expand GEMS so that it can meet the needs of the population it serves; GEMS is the only organization in NY state that provides comprehensive services to sexually exploited girls. I would create several GEMS in each state, with the ultimate goal to be to eliminate the sexual exploitation of girls.

General Member of the Public & attended an event that featured a GEMS film and panelists.