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Does your community have an awareness gap to fill?

 

She knew exactly what he was up to as he tried to stalk her through the store in her community. After looking the trafficker in the eye and saying 'NO!', she heard him say into his phone as he left the store: "Oh, #&@*, she knows how this thing works.”

This incident took place at a Dollar General store and because 'Beatrice' was aware of the issue of trafficking, her bold response let him know that she would not become his next victim.

Are you aware?

Are you aware that traffickers are present in your community and mine? Are you aware that they are always looking for their next victim? Are you aware that sexual exploitation is happening in every community in our country? There are no exceptions.     

For those immersed in the knowledge of these issues of injustice it seems that awareness is already taking place and sometimes it’s hard for us to understand that many still do not know what is happening in their very own communities. 

Raising awareness in every community is a gap that needs to be addressed if we hope to end the sexual victimization of our sons and daughters.

Raising awareness and speaking truth is one of the components that She’s Somebody’s Daughter focuses on through billboards, posters, our website, and public presentations.

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Raising Awareness with Two New Billboards
 
We are excited about our two new billboards!


An additional billboard with an updated design has been posted in Oklahoma City, OK (5th highest state for human trafficking).
 
A second billboard has been posted in York, PA in a strategic location on Rt. 83N right before heading into Harrisburg, driving past a billboard for a popular gentleman’s club.

Both boards point people to our website where they can get help, get the facts, and get involved.
  

 

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Our second poster has just been released!!
 
This poster can be printed or shared online to help raise awareness in your own community!

This has been designed as the kind of poster that can be placed in stores, churches, schools, businesses, etc. asking others to think about what kind of community they want to live in or help to build. A next step - outreach , can then begin to happen.


Awareness in Your Community

William Wilberforce​, a well-known abolitionist from the 18th century, spoke words of truth that are still true today, once awareness enters your world: "You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."   

When awareness begins to happen in every community across the country – making it possible for our daughters and sons to be protected and valued, traffickers won’t have such an easy time finding their next victim as ‘Beatrice’ proved. Pornographers won’t have as large an audience turning our sons and daughters into users and exploiters. And those living under the cloud of oppression will become part of our communities as we erase the lines through outreach, creating a circle of compassion.

What is your community doing to raise awareness?

Let us know how we can help you get involved in raising awareness and begin to build the kind of community that truly honors women.

Read full article about 'Beatrice' here.

 


Serving Our Communities

It takes a community... 

Volunteers/Supporters:
Close to 100 people have stepped up to the plate to serve in some way:

  • food teams
  • gift team
  • visiting team
  • office/admin work
  • offering billboard space
  • donor management
  • giving financially
  • photography
  • representing SSD at events
  • praying faithfully

We are truly thankful for each person who so generously supports She's Somebody's Daughter.

Outreach:
Through our outreach efforts we have served meals and interacted with 75 strip club employees inside and outside of the club this month.

Raising Awareness:
A billboard is a community service ad that cannot be changed or fast-forwarded!
Every posted billboard is reaching tens of thousands of drivers weekly:

  • Oklahoma City, OK: 325,000  
  • York, PA: 164,000
  • Dauphin Co., PA: 94,000 
  • Nashville, TN: 100,000

 

 

Can I trust you enough to tell you...?

 

“What would you do if you weren't afraid?”  Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, asks this question as she advocates for women leaders. If we were to ask certain groups of people this question their answers would vary greatly according to where each person is in his or her life.

Consider the recent story of a Lancaster City woman arrested on a prostitution charge. What if someone had asked her that question when she was a young girl? What might her answer be today? Most of us know that little girls don’t dream of growing up and becoming prostitutes. Statistics prove that too many of them were child victims of sexual abuse, assault, or trafficking, and are now labeled and convicted as prostitutes.   
 
I recently finished reading Trafficked, a book written by Sophie Hayes, a victim of sex trafficking. During this horrific time in her life, she was too afraid to escape, which is what she really wanted to do. She suffered much trauma at the hands of a man hungry for power, control and money.  

The title of Sheryl’s book, Lean In, resonates with me at this time. It’s a good reminder for each of us that this is what we need to do when interacting with others: simply lean in and listen. And if you ask good questions, get ready to lean in and listen for unspoken answers. Lean in and listen to understand where someone might be at this time in their life before you judge them or write them off. 
 
Through our outreach efforts, our visiting team went into six strip clubs this past week and delivered meals for about 75 employees. During these visits, eight of us had opportunities to lean in and listen – which can sometimes be hard to do above the loud music that is part of the club atmosphere.

It’s interesting to note that we’re getting a reputation among the patrons as ‘those church ladies’ which is kind of cool because our team actually represents several different churches from surrounding counties!

And so as we served delicious, warm meals (generously prepared and donated by our food teams and various individuals), and as we listened to comments, questions, and stories, we noticed a common theme this Good Friday evening: the oppression and needs in each club were great, as long as we were willing to lean in and listen.

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For you see, it’s hard to hear an owner’s greeting as genuine when he looks at the floor instead of you and avoids eye contact.

It’s hard to hear the pain of past rejection and abuse behind the hollow laughter over a careless joke.

It’s hard to hear someone say ‘I don’t know if I want you in here’ followed up with the words ‘I feel like a sinner in your presence.’

It’s hard to hear a girl’s story pour out along with tears that almost drown out her words as she shares that she knows she’s far away from God right now.

It’s hard to hear the real need of the moment when a girl’s mouth is saying “I’m fine” but her eyes are asking ‘can I trust you enough to tell you that I’m living in my car right now?’  

In Trafficked, Sophie needed her mom and the nurses who eventually helped her to lean in and hear what she wasn’t saying and respond when she finally indicated that she needed help.

The woman in Lancaster City needs someone to lean in and listen to her story – a story that began in childhood yet continues to affect her life choices today; and not ‘choices’ in the stereotypical way most people define the word choice. Her choices haven’t yet risen above the cloud of oppression.

Our team went home from visits this time more somber than other times. One of our team members shared that she thought it was appropriate considering it is Easter Weekend. She’s right; it does seem appropriate this time.  

Meeting some of the basic physical needs we’ve been made aware of is the first step before getting to the deeper answer to Sheryl’s question:  “What would you do if you weren't afraid?” Once you know what the heart really needs, you just keep showing up and leaning in to listen.  

May you and yours have a blessed Easter weekend.

PA Friends, You are invited: "Fighting Sex Trafficking - Globally and Locally"

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 "Sex Trafficking - Globally and Locally"

Friday, April 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Becky with WAR International will address the issue globally;

She's Somebody's Daughter executive director, Tammy, will address the issue locally.

Dessert will be at 6:30 and the program "Fighting Sex Trafficking - Globally and Locally" will be from 7-8.

Held at: Hershey Evangelical Free Church, Hilltop Road, Hummelstown, PA.

 

 

Raising Awareness in Oklahoma City!

 

A new billboard was just posted in Oklahoma City!

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If you live in the OKC area and could send a nice photo, we'd love to collect a few more!

One of our main goals at She's Somebody's Daughter is to raise awareness and speak truth about sexual exploitation, while encouraging others to honor women.

While attending a recent meeting about the issue of sexual exploitation and trafficking, one of the items on our agenda was the importance of raising awareness. This continues to be a gap in many communities across the country.

Thank you to our volunteers in OKC who help us raise awareness by: 

  • Speaking to hundreds of middle/high school students on our behalf about these important issues - for some students it's the first time they are hearing about the dangers of sexual exploitation.
  • Professional photos and permission for these photos to be used on the billboard, new poster design (coming soon!) and social media
  • Raising/providing funds which helped us post this billboard and create a new poster, so raising awareness can continue - this particular billboard will reach over 300,000 motorists weekly with the truth of this life-giving message pointing them to get help, get the facts, and get involved
  • Representing SSD at a strategic human trafficking meeting as we build a network across the country with other groups and recovery homes moving together in the same direction.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming months about a 5K run and a benefit concert – each being organized by two volunteer advocates with Voices in the Dark and Stop the Traffic!! 

Working together we are making a difference!

Learn more and Get Involved.

 

 

I have so many questions for you!

 

I'm sorry for asking so many questions, but... 


When we walked into the strip club, we were greeted by a boisterous group of men celebrating a retirement by using the girls as
their entertainment. We asked the general manager if we could set up the meal we brought for the employees in the back hallway away from the activity.carloading2
 
That’s how we found our way into the dressing room, after passing curtained-off VIP rooms. The girls were ready for a break after entertaining this group for over three hours.

We were happy to drag a table into the room and begin setting out the feast that had been generously donated by ladies and men from two churches, Hershey E-Free and Newport Assembly of God. It did our hearts good to see the girls sit down and eat!

We visited a total of five clubs one night recently and handed out 65 gifts and snack bags. The most interesting and memorable time of our evening happened at our adopted club #6 when a beautiful young girl came into the dressing room, saw the meal, and said ‘Oh, it’s you!  I have so many questions for you!’

She asked questions for over an hour as she nibbled at the food, and even videotaped our conversation at one point so she could remind herself that this really happened.

Why are you here?

Don’t you condemn and judge us?

This is so nice, why are you so nice when you’re Christians?

Christians are fake and judgmental; aren’t you going to tell us we’re going to hell?

Do you know that we’re strippers? Doesn’t that bother you? How can you sit in here and be with us?

Aren’t you going to tell us that we’re just sinners?

Is this all donated? Why would people do this for us? We are usually looked down on, you know?

Can someone be forgiven if they’ve sold their daughter into prostitution? Is that worse than murder?

Do you believe in abortion?

Do you believe in heaven and hell? Where do you think you’re going? Where do you think we’re going?

Are you offended by my questions? I’m sorry I have so many!

What if no One is out there and it’s all just a lie?

What is God’s love like? How will I know it?

What if He asks me to leave this lifestyle? Will I see a sign?

Are you coming back?

We fielded questions for over an hour and loved every single minute of it! More than once, one of our team members reminded each of us in the room that we all are sinners and sin every day. She explained to the girls that God loves us where we are and pursues and calls us to Him on His terms, in His timing.

One of us had the opportunity to share our personal testimony and the girls sat quietly, captured by the story that involved motorcycles, late night fights, church, family, abortion, and redemption…all things they could relate to.

Because of the direction our conversation took, we felt prompted to share a book with them; a Francine Rivers' novel, Redeeming Love, which is a powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea: a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

The book just so happened to be in the car because of a prompting earlier in the day: “have it with you, just in case”. The ‘just in case’ was so evident it would have been disobedient not to offer the book this night.

When asked if they’d like to read the book and then discuss it when we come back, one of the girls with a loud voice and smile on her face said “oh! book club!!” Are you kidding me? A book club in a strip club? We can’t think of a better place to discuss a book about God’s redeeming love.

A question has been haunting me ever since our visit to club #6…what have we done as Christians to make those who need to experience God’s hope and love think that we wouldn’t care if they go to heaven or hell?

Oh, but we care; every one of us, from those who gave financially, to those who gave food, to those who prayed, to those of us who visited. 

And we count the cost as gain.

 


 

Vision and Mission of She's Somebody's Daughter

Creating a model of what it means to be a community that honors women and says no more sexual exploitation, it is our desire to be a voice for daughters everywhere, encouraging others to honor women and raise awareness about the issues related to exploitation.

SSD in PA Strip Club Outreach Vision and Mission:

SSD in PA Strip Club Outreach grew out of a desire to take the message of She’s Somebody’s Daughter to the personal, hands-on, local level; our vision is to lead by building relationships, therefore creating a context to share the love of Christ.

We are creating a model of what it means to “be a community that reaches communities” - building a support network - to honor women and address sexual exploitation.


She's Somebody's Daughter Blog

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Occasionally we feel compelled to write and share about current events or topics related to pornography, sex trafficking, and sexual abuse. Our blog is the outlet for when those urges strike, so sign up and look for new posts in the near future! 

It is our hope with our blog that readers will be encouraged, challenged, empowered, and compelled to speak up about these isues as we work together to create the kind of culture that honors all women.

We hope you will enjoy reading our archived posts published here that had been previously published on our Wordpress blog.

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