Exit Wound

Exit Wound

This limited podcast series, hosted by survivor leader Melanie Thompson, invites you inside the raw conversations between survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution.

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Exit Wound

Recent Episodes

June 5, 2024

Episode 12: What You Wish You Knew

It’s the last episode of Exit Wound ! And what better way to close out the season than to reflect on our then and our now? Melanie and survivor leaders Gabrielle Prieto, Shamere McKenzie, and Sunny Palmer sit down to reflect…
May 29, 2024

Episode 11: So You Want to be an Activist?

Community outreach, grassroots organizing, starting your own nonprofit, legislative advocacy - these are all sectors where many survivors thrive after their traumatic experiences. But activism involves more than just being a…
May 22, 2024

Episode 10: Programs and Resources: What's Out There (And What's Not)

One of the things all sex trade survivors have in common is the need for exit services and aftercare. It’s also one of the things lacking in the great big city of New York. All survivors all need the same foundational trio -…
May 15, 2024

Episode 9: The Art of Public Speaking

Surviving sexual exploitation is a skill in and of itself, but turning that pain into a public speaking career that could include lobbying, legislative advocacy, panel discussions, training and workshops, council meetings – …
May 8, 2024

Episode 8: Storytelling and Boundaries

In this episode, Melanie and her guests, survivor leaders Abigail Ndao and Gina Cavallo, discuss a huge part of survivorhood: when and how to tell your story. You’ve found your voice, but what comes next? Now that you've tol…
May 1, 2024

Episode 7: Workplace Misfit

For survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution, the workplace can be a minefield of complicated emotions and interactions: You’ve got a job you worked so hard to get, but it’s not what you thought it would be. You feel li…

About the Host

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Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson is a survivor of sex trafficking and prostitution, and is separately a speaker, activist, and leader in the global fight to end prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficked and sold into prostitution at the age of 12, she was later arrested and placed into foster care. She became an activist at age 14. With over 13 years of advocacy experience, she is both a national and international expert consultant and speaks avidly to the intersectionality of race, child welfare, juvenile justice, LGBTQ+ rights and other systems of oppression. As a subject matter expert, Melanie has extensive media experience has testified before numerous legislatures and entities, including the United Nations and various Parliaments, about the need to pass strong anti-trafficking laws and end the arrests of sex trafficked and prostituted people in the sex trade. She sits on several Survivor Advisory Boards working to implement inclusivity and create more effective strategies for survivors everywhere. By day, she serves as the Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International.