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Feb 14, 2019

Alisa Bernard was a teenage runaway and a child sex-abuse survivor when she turned to prostitution at age 18. She was one of many young women who posted their services on a website, where they thought potentially dangerous clients would be screened out by the service. But Bernard was raped multiple times, strangled and held against her will during the four years she was a prostituted woman.

Alisa Bernard is a Survivor Advocacy Coordinator for the Organization for Prostitution Survivors where she created a mentoring series for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Since 2015, when she graduated from the Eastern Washington University program, Alisa has developed content, advised, and provided training to numerous organizations nationwide. She uses her lived experiences of commercial sexual exploitation, teen homelessness, domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse as a lens to look through and advise public and private agencies.

Links:

Degree program helps former prostitute change her life: https://www.seattletimes.com/sponsored/degree-program-helps-former-prostitute-change-her-life/

Alisa Bernard on World Without Exploitation: https://www.worldwithoutexploitation.org/survivor/alisa-bernard

OPINION: Surviving prostitution: 'Violence was my experience' Crosscut: https://crosscut.com/2017/07/seattle-prostitution-survivor-violence-police-sting

The Life Story: https://thelifestory.org/

If you want some great insight into a john, read over this German blog (you can choose to display it in English.) It is entitled Die Unsichtbaren Männer, which means The Invisible Men in English. They paint a very telling picture of themselves. https://dieunsichtbarenmaenner.wordpress.com/

A great resource for information: http://prostitutionresearch.com/

A must-read article by Alisa: https://sharedhope.org/2017/10/smoke-screen/