- Journal of Women & Criminal Justice, March 2021.Ending The Game®: A New Psychoeducational Curriculum for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Authors: Maria Usacheva, Carrie Smalley, Nancy Hafer & Susan Brooks (University of California- Davis and University of Nebraska–Lincoln).
- In the article, ETG is praised for showing “…positive trends in improvement of regulatory capacity, relational capacity, sense of self, and future orientation.” Article Link
- 2014: In collaboration with UC Davis Northern California Training Academy, began developing participant and facilitator surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of ETG.
- 2015: Began collecting IRB-approved pre and post curriculum surveys from dozens of participants and facilitators across various demographics, collecting both qualitative and quantitative research.
- 2016: Established a 2nd research partnership with University of Nebraska, Lincoln; continued refining evaluative materials and collecting evaluations.
- 2017: Ending The Game Curriculum was named a “Promising Practice” after the first round of program evaluations. We presented the first round of findings at the Human Trafficking RADAR Conference. See presentation highlights.
- 2018: Ending The Game research team collected survey evaluations from more than 120 Ending The Game survivor-participants.
- 2019: Usacheva, M., Smalley, C., Hatton-Bowers, H., Hafer, N., & Brooks, S. (2019, March). Ending the Game: A Multi-Site Trauma-Informed Psychoeducational Curriculum for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Poster session presented at the 2019 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
- 2020: We collected surveys and visited several ETG Community Members- Convergence Resource Center, WI; Worthwhile Wear, PA; Jasmine Road, SC- to produce our 5 year anniversary impact video on the homepage
- Ongoing: Continue toward “Evidence-Based” qualification by evaluating findings and conducting interviews with over 1,000 trained ETG Facilitators in over 200 survivor-serving orgs across 38 states (and growing!).
What We Are Finding
What The Research is Finding…
- Reduction in AWOL behavior and recidivism to commercial sexual exploitation
- Reduction in feelings of attachment to a trafficker or the trafficking lifestyle
- Increase in knowledge about psychological coercion
- Increase in feelings of self-esteem and worth outside “the life”
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