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Safe Harbour

Purpose; Safe Harbour

Program Overview

Safe Harbour protects and cares for children that have been, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited in Suffolk County.

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Clients Served Last Year:

132

Program Contact:

Shannon Honce, LMSW
Case Coordinator

Funding Generously Provided by:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services and private donations.

Contact Information:

84 Wheeler Road
Central Islip, NY 11722
(631) 439-0480
shannon.honce@eac-network.org

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Program Description

The Problem:

Any minor who has engaged in sexual acts for a fee or other promised payment (drugs, alcohol, other), loitered or solicited for sexual acts, or has been physically assaulted, threatened, or otherwise coerced into performing sexual acts is a sexually exploited child. Prior to the Safe Harbour Act of 2008, sexually exploited children were prosecuted criminally rather than treated as victims who need supportive services.

Our Solution:

Advocate for, treat, and support child victims of child exploitation as well as educate the community on human trafficking and how to identify potential victims.

How We Do it:

Held mostly at our Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center, Safe Harbour offers medical and mental health assessments, peer specialists, case management, referrals for residential placement, therapy and counseling, vocational counseling, potential police intervention, and community education. When a child is referred to the program, a Case Coordinator meets with the child and their family to determine which services are needed. Peer Specialists meet weekly with the children to act as a positive role model, and vocational counselors help with resume writing, job readiness, and job placement. The young girls can also be part of Girls Group, a therapeutic support group, which offers art therapy, group bonding, and educational components.

How You Can Help:

Safe Harbour is looking for packaged snacks, unused toiletries, and art supplies. To support Safe Harbour with a gift, click here or call (516) 539-0150 x117.

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The Outcomes of Safe Harbour

Since Safe Harbour’s inception in 2014, it has provided one-on-one services for over 100 female youth.

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Thousands of local professionals have been educated on sexual exploitation and how to identify it.

The Outcomes of Safe Harbor

Over 60 young girls have participated in therapeutic support groups run out of local residential facilities for teenage girls.

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