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Words Matter

Our words matter.  They carry weight, and they have a lasting impact.

The recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein has sparked several alarming terms for those that were exploited. “Underage woman”. “Child prostitute”.  Let’s make it clear – there are no “underage women”, there are children. And there is no such thing as a “child prostitute”. They are a victim and survivor of sexual exploitation.

It might seem trivial to debate words but words can shape public perspective. And perspective determines action.  At She’s Somebody’s Daughter we want to use terms that empower and restore, not strip women of their dignity or cause trauma. Using the term “prostituted woman”, rather than “prostitute” can have a profound effect. It focuses on the circumstances a woman endured, rather than giving her an identity that isn’t deserved.

The same could be said for “sex work” and “adult entertainment”.  Society wants us to believe that these things are legitimate and safe. Statistics show that 95% of those pr…

Unseen Battle

“Are you ever afraid?” “Isn’t what you do dangerous?” These are common questions we get asked during presentations. And the answer is complex.
It is not often that we face actual physical danger, but it is a possibility. More accurately what we face is unseen. The issues of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are dark and there is a very real enemy that we face. It’s heavy. It’s sometimes oppressive. And no amount of physical presence can overcome that.
Scripture is very clear that our battle is not against flesh and blood but rather again the unseen. And there is only one way to fight that battle – on our knees in prayer. We are reminded daily or, if we are being honest, minute-by-minute that we do not do this ourselves. We cannot do this without a foundation and covering of prayer. 
Because of this, we as an organization are committed to praying. We have a committed team of volunteers that intercede on our behalf regularly. We have developed a prayer guide that can be used b…

Hope for the One Seeking Freedom

If you’ve been following our blog this year, you’ve seen our mission: to erase lines of separation that isolate women affected by sexual erase lines between “us and them”. We’ve discussed that it’s not just “those women” that at times desire new life, find themselves on a journey of healing, or struggle to see their value. All of us face these life issues at one point or another.
At our Celebration Banquet in May, we announced the expansion of this vision to more intentionally include men. We heard from Gene McConnell, of Authentic Relationships International, as he shared his own story of being groomed into purchasing sex and the importance of addressing demand should we hope to see an end to human trafficking.
We are so excited to pursue tangible ways to walk alongside men seeking freedom from unwanted sexual behavior and addiction. As we research the demand side of exploitation, we are discovering the depth of complexity surrounding what leads individuals into it an…