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The Dangerous Truth about Sugaring: Nothing Sweet about it
Sugaring or Sugar Dating is commonly defined as a transactional dating practice typically involving an older wealthier person (most often sugar daddy) and a younger person in need of financial assistance (sugar baby). In this scenario, the sugar baby is provided luxury gifts, travel, or money in exchange for going on dates or sexual intimacy with the sugar daddy or mommy.

The practice of sugaring and the language around it is normalized and glamorized in pop culture, making the practice seem normal, acceptable, and mutually beneficial when in fact it is a fast path to abuse and sex trafficking.

Join us on Thursday, October 7th from 4-5pm PST to hear local and national experts discuss the dangerous realities of sugar dating, learn how you can talk to your children and friends about being safe online, and measures that we are taking to prevent youth from sugaring with Project: SugarFree.

If you are not able to attend but are interesting in learning more about StolenYouth or donating, please visit www.StolenYouth.org.

Oct 7, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Megan Lundstrom
Co-Founder and Director of Research @The Avery Center
Megan has consulted for the Department of Homeland Security and Polaris Project. She has created and delivered training and educational presentations in the academic community as well as a variety of organizations including the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Institute at Villanova University Law School. Ms. Lundstrom’s research on cultic theory was internationally published through United Nations University and presented at the International Cultic Studies Association annual conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Benjamin Gauen
Senior Deputy Attorney @King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Benjamin Gauen is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. With ten years of extensive felony trial experience, Ben's work focuses exclusively on combating crimes related to human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Ben is a member of several anti-trafficking task forces in Washington State and frequently works with policy makers in an effort to help victims. He conducts training on sex trafficking for prosecutors and law enforcement around the United States. He also sits on the board of the nonprofit organization University Beyond Bars, which brings higher education to incarcerated individuals in prison.
Alan Brown
CEO and Co-Founder @DNA
Alan Brown is the co-founder and CEO of DNA, one of Seattle’s largest and most successful independent advertising and branding agencies. Alan began his work with StolenYouth by volunteering DNA’s talents to the organization’s marketing and communication needs, including strategic planning, branding, messaging and event support. He joined the board in 2016, contributing to the marketing committee and subsequently co-hosted two annual luncheon events.