It was a quiet yet loud lunch for many who attended the Lunch & Learn event on Sexually Exploited Women and Children in the Metro Atlanta area. The Arnall Golden Gregory Law firm meeting room was filled to capacity with concerned individuals with brown boxed lunches by Remedy catering, who help women transition from exploitation with careers in leadership and entrepreneurial training to end sex trafficking, one women at a time.
Commissioner Tim Echols moderated this event to educate the community on the issue of Commercially Sexually Exploited women and children in Atlanta. The statistic says; 1 out of 10 children will experience sexual abuse, more than 90% were sexually abused in the pass, and 90% of the victims know their abusers, 50% of women in prison were abused, and an estimated 60% of first teen pregnancies have experienced molestation or rape….and the list goes on.
More than hundreds of thousand children are currently being trafficked for sexual exploitation in the United States. The global market for child trafficking is more than $12 billion dollars a year, with more than 1.2 million victims.
We as concerned citizens and Christians must do our part in this devastation, by becoming more aware; by showing the realization, and perception of this growing epidemic. We must also become knowledgeable, and engaged emotionally as well as being involved, help to engage others in the legislative process for the purpose of protecting women and children and empower others by speaking against human trafficking and demanding it to end.
The presenters for this event included; Haven ATL Representative, Andi Worley-Street Grace, Phillip Bray-Safe House Outreach, Mary Frances Bowley-Wellspring Living, Tiffany Sawyer-Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Senator Renee Unterman-Governor’s Office of Children and Families, Patrick Palmer-Out of Darkness, Sergeant Tommy Kennedy-DeKalb County Special Victims Unit, Lauren Kane-Attorney General’s Office, Dr. Gerald Durley-Providence Missionary Baptist Church, and Justice Harold Melton – Georgia Supreme Court.
We must continue to spread awareness and take action on the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of women and children and bring change and restoration for those affected by the issue in our communities.