About the Implementation Task Force (SH4All-ITF)
In January of 2018, the "Nordic Model" in Minnesota (NMM) group first began meeting monthly to organize for the expansion of a partial decriminalization model for prostituted adults. In January of 2019, the Safe Harbor for All report was released to the public and aligned with the goals of the NMM group. Later, the NMM coordination working group was renamed the Safe Harbor for All Implementation Task Force. SH4All-ITF meets together monthly in Minneapolis.
The Safe Harbor 4 All Implementation Task Force (SH4All-ITF) is a statewide, grassroots coalition of survivor leaders, advocacy programs, key stakeholders, and community members who are working together to end the criminalization of survivors, hold exploiters accountable, advocate safety, open doors, and create communities free of sexual exploitation.
SH4All-ITF Beliefs & Values
The ITF collectively agrees with the following principals:
- All people have a basic human right to survive and flourish, free from sexual violence, exploitation, or trafficking.
- Sexual exploitation is routinely coerced through inequality, economic hardship, and the threat and/or reality of violence.
- Sexual exploitation fuels the cultural norms which support the subordination and sexual objectification of women and subsequently, contributes to the high levels of other forms of sexual assault and physical abuse experienced by at least one in three women in Minnesota.
- That the sexual exploitation industries (including pornography and strip/exotic clubs), are intrinsically exploitative, de-humanizing, objectifying, and violent industries that profit from the oppression and trauma of others.
- We consider the purchase and commodification of human bodies for sexual gratification a severe human rights violation that is incompatible with a socially just society.
- Commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) is the culmination of patriarchal, colonialist, sexist, racist, classist, heterosexist, ageist, and ableist systems of oppression. CSE is not only caused by these systems of oppression, it also perpetuates and provides economic incentives to support them.
- That coercive social forces and systemic oppression play a major role in grooming women and children into the sex trade. This includes: the objectification of women and girls so that their social value is defined by their sexuality/desirability; economic inequality and the lack of options and resources for women; the pervasiveness of male violence against women and girls (and boys), which results in past and present trauma. All of these forces eliminate an individual's capacity to truly and freely consent. Without the ability to truly and freely consent, due to the threat and/or reality of violence, and other coercive tactics of control, prostitution is rape. Paid rape.
- In the necessity of male accountability (men being the primary traffickers and exploiters/buyers) and public visibility of those responsible for this exploitation.
- Zero-tolerance and the total abolition of all forms of violence, exploitation, and trafficking is the only way to begin the path toward true liberation for all oppressed groups.
- In supporting best practices for serving individuals with lived experience in the sex trade. This means professionals are victim/survivor-centered, respect survivors' process and stages of change, attend to the multiple risk factors they experience, safety plan and reduce harm, provide resources, are trauma-responsive, culturally-competent, work to address systemic and individual barriers, and support victim/survivors in their own unique path to healing.
The teal color used throughout the website and logo design is the same color associated with sexual assault awareness. This website was launched in April of 2020 during Sexual Assault Awareness month. Connecting S.A.A.M. to Safe Harbor for All was an intentional decision to assist in expanding the statewide understanding of how ending sexual exploitation/prostitution fits into our historic efforts to end all aspects of sexual violence.