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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 and what often serves as a barrier to keeping them stuck. 

We must continue to erase lines of separation and we must build non-condemning communities where it is safe to be authentic with each other; where we can address the root issues leading to exploitation. We all have hurts that have led to unhealthy behaviors, and it’s through addressing the hurts within safe community that we begin to find freedom from those behaviors.

If you’re interested in joining in with us as we develop demand outreach, shoot us an email at!


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