Gender-based Violence / Human Trafficking

Domestic Violence: Nicole's Story

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million Americans are victims of intimate partner violence annually. And thousands of deaths per year can be directly tied to intimate partner violence. Many women stay in abusive relationships because they feel they have no options. Nicole found the strength to leave. “I said, ‘Okay God, is that what you want me to do?’” She followed her faith to a local organization that, she believes, saved her life.
Breaking the Silence Domestic Violence Awareness Month Interpersonal Violence Intimate Partner Violence Power and Control Religion that Harms and Heals

Hope Endures on Mother's Day for Chibok Girls

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On April 14, 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped from the government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria. In 2021, over 100 of the girls were still missing. Rebecca Samuel’s daughter is among those missing girls. Rebecca reflects upon her missing daughter, the hope she has that one day her daughter would be rescued, and the solace she finds in her faith.
Boko Haram Child Abduction Gender-based Violence Ministry of Sustaining Hope Grief and Loss

Kimberlé Crenshaw on #SayHerName

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Kimberlé Crenshaw discusses the #SayHerName movement, which brings attention to police brutality against women of color. Law enforcement tends to view Black women in distress as needing to be contained and constrained. Crenshaw argues that “police need to value all Black bodies.”
#SayHerName Black Lives Matter Communities of Faith Feminist Theology Gender-based Violence Police Violence Rape Culture Womanist Theology

ON the Street: Gender Equality

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The 19th Amendment officially became a law in 1920 and prohibited any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote based on sex. Although males and females may be equals in the voting booth, studies indicate gender inequality in the workplace, a gendered wage gap, and fewer females in leadership positions. We took to Times Square in New York City to ask about gender equality in today’s society.
Beyond Gender Binaries Gender Equity Gender Justice Theological Anthropology Theology of Gender Trans Justice

The Quest to End Child Trafficking

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The Salvation Army, along with clergy and religious leaders from multiple faith traditions, is working to protect and assist victims of human and sexual trafficking. They aim to eradicate child trafficking which, according to Valerie Kaur, Director of Groundswell, “touches upon almost every other social injustice in our country.”
Care for Those Experiencing Disproportionate Impact Child Sex Trafficking Digital Technology and Human Trafficking Immorality of Human Trafficking Legislation to End Human Trafficking LGBTQIA+ Youth and Sex Trafficking Sanctuaries for At-Risk Youth

Until You Love Yourself: Prostitutes Reclaim Their Lives After Years of Violence and Addiction

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Prostitution is a multi-billion dollar business in the United States. The sex industry and the illegal drug industry, which are often intertwined, “tear up women and use them til they throw them out,” according to The Rev. Becca Stevens. Stevens founded Magdalene and Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee to address this injustice. Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, addiction, and life on the streets, helps women by giving them a place to heal and prepare for a new life free of the dangers of the street. Magdalene is grounded in Stevens’ belief that unconditional love has the power to heal.
Addiction Care for Those Experiencing Disproportionate Impact Sex Work and Addiction Sex Work in the United States Spiritual Healing and Recovery Women’s Rights and the Sex Industry Wraparound Programs for Addiction Recovery

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