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Men Breaking Free






Men Breaking Free
is a ground breaking Restorative Justice approach to working with men who have been arrested for attempting to purchase sex from another human being.  It is designed to engage men in an introspective, healing learning process designed to break the cycle of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Men Breaking Free workshops offer the vision and tools to men to live lives of integrity and respect, and join together with those who have been bought and sold in breaking free from this terrible, multi-billion dollar industry of pain.

Breaking Free started working with men who had been arrested for attempted solicitation in 1999 with the inception of its John School. It was designed largely through a lecture format following a similar agenda to other John Schools across the country. Although informative, it wasn’t addressing the truer places for change needed to go personally while regarding the person.

 In early 2018 Breaking Free entered into a partnership with Building Peaceful Community  to review and update its John School approach. Through our work together, a new and relational transformation was made to the program and implemented in June, 2018, including:

·         Changing the name of the program from "John School" to "Men Breaking Free", reflecting a fundamental shift in the approach taken with participating men, now built on the premise that we do not believe that these men, nor any of us, are defined by the worst decisions and moments in our lives.

·         Building the program around principles of Restorative Justice and Appreciative Inquiry, recognizing that sex trafficking and prostitution are deeply harmful to all parties involved, including both the women being sold for sex and their families, as well as the men who attempted to purchase them and their families. Through authentic conversations together with survivors and other men who had one time been where they are sitting; the vision and opportunity to make amends for their mistakes and choose healthier lives built around integrity and respect come into view.

·         Engaging men in introspective journaling with small and large group dialogue allows them to consider what is missing within themselves that led to their trying to buy sex from another human being; the impacts of their decisions on people being prostituted, themselves, their families and communities; and tangible steps and changes they can make in their lives to allow for healing, change and positive growth.




Straight from the Men Breaking Free Evaluation Questions and Responses: click here


Men Breaking Free Learnings, June-November 2018

Based on meeting men where they are and offering them respect and the vision and possibility of rebuilding their lives and relationships, holds promise for creating lasting change within us all and hope toward ending the tragedy of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. This change we are witnessing from within the participants of Men Breaking Free has also led Breaking Free staff and survivors their own healing, forgiveness and renewed sense of hope. This has been a genuinely stunning gift from this work. 





                                         Men’s Hotline Number  1-800-294-7116









Breaking Free was established in October 1996, by Vednita Carter, Founder, as a non-profit organization serving women involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking. In the fall of 2016 Terry Forliti was appointed by Vednita Carter and the Breaking Free Board of Directors as the new Executive Director.Phone: 651-645-6557
Address: P.O. Box 4366, St. Paul, MN 55104
breakingfree@breakingfree.net  
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