“The Keep Maine Kids Safe conference was amazing! It was informative, connecting and a wonderful step for making childhood safe for all! What a humbling experience to connect powerful humans who are doing this work. Thanks to Stop Trafficking US and Catherine Wilson for spreading awareness and being part of the solution.” - Attendee
Keep Maine Kids Safe Conference, September 2019
“Catherine Wilson pulled this wonderful amazing group of speakers from across the states to promote awareness collaborate within the Community. "We are the Ambassadors" - the knowledge and tools I gained at Keep Maine Kids Safe can be shared to further the education for the next generation to Keep Kids Safe. This conference was the first of its kind with so much $$$ raised to offer it FREE to ALL... with CEU credits as an added bonus. What a mighty God we serve- Let Him move the mountains and break the chain of abuse be broken so no child will grow up to be that hurtful adult or abandoned by those who are supposes to protect him or her from harm.
May you continue to shine the light at Stop Trafficking US. I pray that the information and knowledge gained will roar with mighty force to Keep Kids Safe and help people everywhere to understand that Faith plays a huge role to abuse -prevention and also forgiveness.”
– Rhonda Bucklin, Salvation Army
“Education, raising the level of awareness in us all, is an essential tool in combating sex trafficking. Community involvement is a critical first step.”
International Family Therapist, Speaker and Author
Founder of the Relational Life Institute Terry Real.com
"The messages I got from Catherine were huge – no matter what you might go through in life, if you work hard enough and stay strong, then truly anything is possible. I don’t think Catherine should change anything about her presentation, it was extremely powerful and REAL and I feel like if she keeps it real, so that it will affect everyone in one way or another. I’m really glad she shared her story with us, and I hope to see her again so I can really get the chance to thank her…"
-Student from Wayfinder Schools
"Catherine spoke at the Bath United Methodist Church yesterday and is an incredible gifted speaker on this highly relevant topic. Her story will leave you shell shocked and then newly motivated to bring this horrendous issue to light and stop it." - Gwyneth Child Arrison
"If we look back over history, we see that many great leaders survived adversity and hardships that you and I find difficult to contemplate. They fought to bring us rights and freedoms that most of us take for granted today. I believe Catherine is one of those leaders. She is a leader our great grandchildren will read about on some device that we cannot imagine just yet. They will know her name, and they will take it for granted that children in their world are not sexually abused…"
- Shay Bellas
"“At Keep Kids Safe, I learned about our nation’s history regarding child abuse. I pledge to be a connector to help end child abuse. We can make historic progress together.” – Alanna
"Faith related questions persist, and when answered within the constructs of their faith, those answers will promote healing. It is essential to be trauma informed! For child protective forces and faith based groups to work together for the benefit of victims. I now realize how important it is to check personal secular biases at the door when dealing with child sexual assault victims."
"I always thought prostitution and sex slaves were just in the movies, or only happen in Las Vegas or big cities, never here in mine. It’s crazy how violent and disgusting that world is, and it’s not always by choice that the girls get bought into that world. I’m so glad you made it out, you should share in other high schools because you could help a girl get out of that life that is scared to tell anyone. By hearing your story, they could come out of their shell. You could save someone’s life without even knowing it."
- Student from Wayfinder Schools
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your investment in this absolutely necessary cause to stop human trafficking. I'm 73 and don't want to die without hope that all vulnerable children to include my great grandchildren remain at high risk of such sinister evil assaults upon their whole beings. May God Almighty bless your diligent efforts to stop human trafficking."
- Linda D.
"I want to thank you for talking about the surviving of the surviving, for your eye contact, and for the way you appealed to each person’s strength while de-stigmatizing weakness. You’re a wonder!"
Intimate Partner Violence Class
"Catherine brings a message of hope that comes from her own struggles, but she has also deftly poses a challenge - to work on healing at the level of self and to then apply your healed self the reaching out to protect the vulnerable and assist those with unmet needs. Catherine, I have done various community projects over the years. One thing that really bugged me was being put on a pedestal. "You are so wonderful! I could never do what you are doing!" I took it as a way for people to excuse themselves for putting effort into a project. I can accept excuses. That's OK. But it seems at times that the excuses come to easily. Carry on!
Love your message. Love you."
"I have had the true honor of having Catherine on Issues That Matter as a guest to discuss her commitment to a cause that, no doubt, evokes horrific memories of a tragic youth. Despite that, Catherine regularly and vigorously exposes her past to pursue a heartfelt drive to protect a succeeding generation from similar fate. I was honored then and I will be further honored when she co-hosts a couple of installments of Issues That Matter in the very near future. I strongly urge all to become aware of human trafficking."
-Robert Picone, Issues that Matter
“Catherine is an exceptionally powerful speaker as she shares both her personal experience with homelessness and sex trafficking as well as her passionate belief in her goal of bringing awareness to this awful reality and her vision of ending this horrifying condition for young women in our communities. I promise you will learn a lot -maybe more than you’d like to know about this problem and will feel your heart breaking. But Catherine ends her message, not with hopelessness, but with conviction that together we can take action to do more.” - Sally
"Kristina and I want to personally thank you again for helping to educate and bring awareness to sex trafficking. We are still speechless, as we admire your strength, courage, and confidence to share your story. Our peers were fully engaged and absolutely loved meeting you. You have such an amazing presence and character. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have you present to us today. I am sure this will not be the last time we reach out to you. If you need help with your organization, Stop Trafficking US, please don't hesitate to reach out to us."
-Taylor & Kristina,
University of New Hampshire
"Catherine spoke to my Rotary Club and received a standing ovation...this happens rarely, an indication of the power of her presentation."
-James M. Rini, Rotarian
"Catherine, I read your heart wrenching story in the Portsmouth Herald. I want to share the respect and admiration I have for you for telling your story. Your courage will give strength to those suffering as you have to ask for the help they need. Thank you for raising awareness with StopTraffickingUS.
You are an inspiration!
- Peter Connors, National Children's Alliance and Child Advocacy Centers
"I was so moved by your story this past week. You brought home in vivid language and statistics the suffering going on all around us. After your talk, as I retook the podium, I was struck by the number of people with tears in their eyes, far greater than I’ve ever seen before. It’s not the first time we have been moved, but it was the first time so many were so moved. You are a voice out of the dark bringing this national tragedy into the light. I can only imagine the constant suffering that goes on long after an assault and how it impacts so many others. So much needless suffering, so much sadness. I only have one question for you. How can I help?"
- Bill Hurley,
President of Infinite Imaging
"I cannot tell you how impressed I was with Catherine Wilson’s story about survival as a victim of sexual abuse. She was the main speaker at a Social Media and Human Trafficking Summit in Bedford, New Hampshire. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were part of a panel discussion to talk about human trafficking, sextortion, and the dangers of predators in the social media world. Catherine was the main speaker and the reason why the 150 members of the audience attended the summit. As a victim, she lent credibility first hand to how someone can become so vulnerable that they do things that are unimaginable; but as Catherine shares, victims do so in order to simply survive. The listening audience that evening was spellbound as she shared the gruesome details of her ordeal. Her story is gut wrenching. She chronicles her journey from victim, escape, and eventually survival. It is definitely a story I encourage everyone to listen to."
- Bill Jennings, BCTV-WBNH Station Manager
"Catherine delivers a sensitive, compassionate, empathic, and detailed account of her own life with brutal honesty and directness. She details how low self-esteem, internal family dysfunction, sexual abuse by close family members, contribute to young women becoming sex slaves. Her story is ultimately one of personal triumph which she is now using to help others avoid or become free of the sex trade."
"Catherine, You are amazing, and so brave! Thank you so much for coming to talk to Bonny Eagle Middle School! Sharing your story the way you do blows me away. You are saving lives!
Your Starfish story is so beautiful it made me cry! It feels that way too, working in education. But you are right, it matters to each one, and we have to try! What a perfect analogy!
The DA gave good advice about how to go about helping students we are concerned about.
Keep fighting the good fight!"
Civil Rights Team Advisor