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Shifting Perspective

Many years ago, as I encountered some difficult situations, a wise friend suggested that I start asking God “what can I learn from this?” rather than questioning why it was happening. What he was offering me was a change in perspective. 
I’ve come to realize that we often need a shift in perspective. One of the responsibilities I have at She’s Somebody’s Daughter is awareness. With awareness we seek to shift peoples’ perspective regarding trafficking and sexual exploitation. We want women to be seen as people with value, not objects for gratification. We desire for everyone to see women working in the commercial sex industry as women to be loved.

Change in perspective comes through education. God continues to teach me that this is a process. Thought processes and perspectives do not change overnight. And so I’ll continue to educate, both formally and informally, as I’m given opportunity. 
Would you join us in praying this month for continued opportunities to provide awareness and shift p…

Hope for the One Embracing Her Future

Seven.
That’s the average number of times it takes to leave commercial sexual exploitation. Embracing a future beyond the sex industry is a complex process often filled with layers of barriers to overcome. It’s a cyclical process, not a linear one, illustrated in the following graphic from Boston University.
As with leaving a domestic violence situation or recovering from substance addiction, transitioning out of sexual exploitation is so rarely a once and done task. Triggers and retraumatization can easily send a woman back to what she is familiar with, even when the familiar is painful. Barriers of adjusting to different work environments, finding a whole new community, meeting educational needs, and so much more - all at once - can be overwhelming and cause a kind of relapse back into the industry.
That’s why we at SSD offer a community of love and hope, erasing lines of separation to provide support every step of the way. To be a cheerleader as barriers arise. To give unconditional l…