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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 prostituted are physically assaulted. 60% suffer from PTSD at the same level of those that have faced combat.

Can we agree that words hold power? They have the power to edify or to destroy. Let’s choose words that build up, restore, empower and affirm beauty and dignity.

Want to learn more about the work of She’s Somebody’s Daughter, trafficking and exploitation and how you can be a part of erasing the lines of separation that isolate women affected? Schedule a presentation by completing our request form - click here.

-Tanya Pearrell
Director of Development

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