On Thursday and Friday this past week I got to participate in a conference at UNC Chapel Hill that was dealing specifically with combating sexual slavery in North Carolina and internationally.
The first day left me feeling a bit remorseful and overwhelmed (this is my usual process for dealing with big things in life). Then the second day provided a ton of momentum, specific action steps, and hope for the future.
I am energized for several reasons:
*Daniele had a chance to bond and its awesome to work my sister on this project
*Our group is actually making a difference
*We have already made 4 more contacts since the conference with others who are working towards establishing church networks for care and support.
*Newspaper articles like this one.
I am still frustrated and understand the amount of work we have to do because:
*Newspaper articles like this one. Can you tell a difference between the tone and purpose of the articles?
*The lack of coherent ability to identify and support victims
*Our culture (that I am a part of) that perpetuates inaccurate and harmful perspectives on our sexuality.
The following video shows a bit of the problem. Its only 30 seconds and okay for anyone to watch.
There is another video that I may post in the future, but the first time I watched it, I couldn't make it through so, I chose to hold off, although you can watch as many as you would like on the video stream that goes below this one.