YWCA presents a film screening and panel discussion April 29

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In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Clark County will host a special screening of I Am Jane Doe, at Kiggins Theater on Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and free of charge. This powerful documentary film written and directed by Mary Mazzio, narrated by Academy-Award and Golden Globe nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty and Miss Sloane), chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their under-age daughters who were bought and sold for sex on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.

I Am Jane Doe follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers who filed lawsuits against Backpage and shines a light on child sex-trafficking, a gut-wrenching reality that affects every community in America, debunking the myth that this crime only happens in developing countries.

Following the film, Michelle Bart, Executive Director of NWCAVE (National Women’s Coalition of Against Violence and Exploitation), will lead a panel discussion about the impact of child sex-trafficking in Clark County and across the United States. Guest panelists include Kay Vail of Clark County Diversion, Alaire DeSalvo of Janus Youth Program, and Amanda Workman of the Cowlitz Tribe Pathways to Healing Program.

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