The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. That’s why for more than 20 years, we have set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA.
Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY) was founded in 2007 to respond to the needs of commercially sexually exploited youth in our community.
The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), otherwise known as child sex trafficking, is an egregious human rights violation in which children are bought and sold for sex. CSEC involves continuous violence, rape, and abuse committed against society's most vulnerable populations. It often manifests as a form of gender-based violence against women and girls and continues to be a crisis plaguing many metropolitan areas in the United States, including the San Francisco Bay Area.
MISSSEY envisions a world without commercial sexual exploitation. Our mission is to provide holistic supportive services to commercially sexually exploited youth and work for systemic change with the youth we serve through direct service, advocacy, outreach, and education. We offer safe space, foster healthy relationships, and manifest hope with trafficked youth, using a survivor- and trauma-informed, gender responsive, and culturally relevant approach.
In collaboration with MISSSEY, we are focusing on ending gender-based violence through workshops, rallies, movie screenings and discussions. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, financial abuse, and harassment. The funds raised in this challenge will support future anti-violence workshops and will go towards MISSSEY, a local organization that serves the commercially sexually exploited.
Donations over $10 will receive a Purple Purse Charm. Donations over $20 will be entered in a raffle to win the Purple Purse designed by Serena Williams.
We invite you to join us as we share information, elevate stories, talk with policymakers, and get out the vote with a common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence.
Your support is very important to us and will contribute to the success of our programs and participants we serve in the Berkeley, Oakland and greater East Bay communities.