It’s time to help – please take a minute to read!

PLEASE consider joining this beautiful initiative. CLICK HERE TO READ the details.

Anyone that knows my story, knows that helping people who’ve been abused has been a direction I’ve been headed into for a while. On my journey, I learned of a beautiful organization call the Brave Girls Club. Even though their mission statement had nothing to do with what I had been through, it had everything to do with where I wanted to be: FREE and HEALED.

For me, art has played a major role in that. I do believe I was created with a level of sensitivity other artists would understand. I see details, in all things, whether I’m trying or not. And, as I’ve gotten stronger, the desire to produce more and more art has grown. And, left me asking myself what to do with it?

LET ME TELL YOU: a word of TRUTH can change the direction of your day. For me, I had to cling to what I knew to be true like it was my breath because the OVERWHELMING power of the lies that entangled my heart because of abuse were simply put: destroying me. Wounding my heart, suffocating my soul.

I was able to heal and move forward, but I could not do it on my own. Many people played a role in speaking truth into my life on those days when I thought I would just give into sorrow, despair and anger. I still battle at times, but my support makes all the difference on those days.

And, I refuse to FORGET how hard it has been for me. My heart’s desire has been to heal, get stronger and pass on that courage to others in the throws of it all.

PLEASE take a moment to read this blog post of the Brave Girls club partnering with a non-profit to help women rescued from human trafficking. PLEASE consider helping – the time is so small but I truly believe the effects so very important.

1 in 6 women have been abused, 1 in 33 men have been abused. The chances that you know more than one person that has faced the atrocity of abuse is LIKELY. The luxury of not dealing with this is know what they have known. (http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims)

Some facts about Human Trafficking (cited from http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-human-trafficking)

  1. The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
  2. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
    • Forcing victims into prostitution
    • Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
    • Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
    • Misleading victims into debt bondage
  3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  4. It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world.
  5. 68% of female sex trafficking victims meet the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  6. Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18.
  7. More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.
  8. Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
  9. Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems.
  10. There is only one shelter in the U.S. designed specifically to meet the needs of trafficking victims, and it currently only houses a total of seven to nine victims.
  11. Trafficking victims normally don’t get help because they think that they or their families will be hurt by their traffickers, or that they will be deported.
International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you want to read more about another amazing organization fighting for these victims, check out International Justice Mission’s site: http://www.ijm.org/.

Actress Ashley Judd, who has appeared in over ...

Actress Ashley Judd, who has appeared in over twenty different movies, attended Sayre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ashley Judd also a humanitarian, writes so eloquently of the suffering and the need for all of us to get involved: http://ashleyjudd.com/.

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3063566547/”>h.koppdelaney</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

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7 Comments

  1. Melissa,
    Such an important topic today and very well spoken. I agree the time is now to help. The need is now and real and urgent.
    Thank you for stepping out and voicing what we all need to open our eyes and look very hard at.
    I am proud to hear you speak of your healing. The journey may be long but each step is growth and wholeness.
    Love
    Mom

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  2. Melissa,
    I am taking part in the Brave Girls Club Truth Cards as well. I was so happy to hear that there was something I could actually do to help women experiencing horrible situations, or just out of them and needing to heal. I am very grateful for this opportunity…BGC are so wonderful, aren’t they?
    I’d love to see any cards that you make…do you think you’ll post them? I’ve made six cards this first round. If you would like to see them you can visit my blog, thecreativesoulsara.
    I plan to read more from your blog…you write in a very inspiring manner. I am so new to blogging and just learning about sharing about myself. You are an inspiration.
    Peace to your heart, Sara

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    1. Hi, Sara,
      Thank you for your time in reading my blog. I felt the same – so glad there was something I could do. That’s a great idea to post the cards on the blog, yes – I think I will do that. BGC is my heart! I love it. I’m doing their Soul Restoration 2 class right now, and it’s just as wonderful as I thought it’d be.
      Your cards are so beautiful. I’m glad you posted them – I hope we keep in touch. Happy New Year to you, Brave Sister.

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      1. Melissa,
        Yea! I will look forward to seeing your cards on your blog. Someday I would LOVE to take one of BGC classes, or really go to one of their camps but I doubt I could afford that. I’m glad to know that the classes are as great as they sound…though I figured they were by how wonderful everything else Brave Girls is. I’d love to keep in touch, and Happy New Year to you as well. Brave Girls forever,
        Peace to your heart,
        Sara

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