ROCKFORD, Ill. — On Friday, September 28, the students of Boylan Catholic High School will learn from a local expert about how the human trafficking epidemic is affecting our community and how they can protect themselves and others from being victimized.

Jimmie Getter, a therapist and preventionist at Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, a nonprofit agency that provides free counseling for victims of sexual assault and abuse in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, will dispel common misconceptions about what human trafficking looks like and educate all Boylan students about how to help prevent it.

“Human trafficking is happening right now in our community,” said Getter. “The very people we care about the most - our children - are being targeted. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to speak to the Boylan students about this critical topic. Every school in our region should be prioritizing this issue.”

Getter’s presentation aligns with lessons on human trafficking that some of Boylan’s Junior students have explored in their English classes this month.

“By educating our students about human trafficking and arming them with the knowledge to fight it, we can help stop this epidemic and prevent our students from being victimized,” said Boylan President Amy Ott.

Getter will present to all students during periods 1-7 on Friday, September 28.

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