ETG Lesson Descriptions

ETG lessons address the nine most common forms of psychological coercion victims of commercial sexual exploitation experience.

Four parts to each lesson


Learn about coercion and how to recognize it.



Reflect on the personal impact coercion has had.



Connect with others who have experienced similar coercion.


Learn how to recover from coercion and rebuild one’s true self.

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: False Promises

Students learn how unmet needs can cause vulnerability and how exploiters can cause victims to believe they provide solutions to these unmet needs.  After reflecting upon their unmet needs and previous beliefs about what The Game would provide, students learn a practical method to assess whether or not The Game has met their needs.

Lesson 3: Isolation

Students learn how and why exploiters cause physical, mental, and emotional isolation. After reflecting upon ways they have felt isolated, students are encouraged to do one or more suggested activities to foster reconnection.

Lesson 4: Dissociation

Students learn basic psychology principles regarding human response processes.  After practical examples and role play, students learn how exploiters can manipulate these natural response processes. Upon considering how their responses to sexual exploitation have changed over time, students then learn and practice a tool to identify changes in their responses to sexual exploitation.

Lesson 5: Self-Defeating Thoughts

Students learn how thoughts can impact behavior and learn to differentiate degrading from healthy thoughts. Students also identify and examine personal thoughts that contribute to sexual exploitation. Lastly, students learn strategies to avoid degrading thoughts and enjoy the benefits of healthy thoughts.

Lesson 6: Emotional Intensity

Students learn how exploiters cause emotional high and lows as a method of coercion. After reflecting upon their emotional health in The Game, students learn strategies to embrace healthier emotional balance.

Lesson 7: Self-Defeating Behavior

Students learn to identify coercive behavior modification techniques. After reflecting upon the impact of coercion in their behavior “choices”, students learn how to create and choose healthier behavior options.

Lesson 8: Identity Disturbance

Students learn basic mental health principles concerning identity and identity disturbance. After reflecting upon how their individual identity has been disturbed, students learn and practice strategies to spark recognition and appreciation of their true identity.

Lesson 9: Phobias

Students learn the difference between a fear and a phobia and then reflect upon personal phobias that may contribute to their participation in commercial sexual exploitation.  After reflecting on the impact of phobias, students will learn strategies to overcome phobias.

Lesson 10: Shame

Students learn the negative impact of shame on personal growth and learn strategies to overcome shame, including self-care, self-compassion and embracing survivorhood.

Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas, M. Ed., is the Director of Sowers Education Group and Co-Author of Ending The Game.

A graduate of UCLA with a Masters in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has over 12 years’ experience in teaching, mentoring, corporate training, curriculum writing and public speaking.  She has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches, teachers, college students, law enforcement and lawmakers.  

Since 2012, Rachel and the Sowers Team have reached over 150,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including New Day Morning Show on CNN, Inside with Chris Cuomo: Anyone’s Daughter on HLN, The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.  Rachel was honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts.  In 2020, Rachel was appointed to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking for a term of two years.

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