Very Young Girls screening

The screening of “Very Young Girls” to raise money for GEMS was a success. The event was organized by two young women from Rock Bridge High School and co-hosted by Stop Traffic (MU Student Organization) and CMSHTC.

The film was shown on August 13 in Stotler Lounge on the MU Campus to an audience of about 45 people. Emily Smith, graduate student in the MPH program, and Paul Schlup from the Cole County Prosecutor’s Office provided additional insights and answered questions following the film.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the work of GEMS, the organization highlighted in the film.

About GEMS: “Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1999 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.”

Very Young Girls Flier

 More information about the film is available at

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