NOT ON MY WATCH
Watching the most recent abortion bill passed in New York has me praying more about how I can be a voice to young girls and women at-risk. I believe this is not just a political issue, but rather a VALUE issue. The self-help industry has grown by $11 billion dollars this last year and is on the rise. We have so many people stepping up and writing resources to grow their self-worth and value, but are we speaking to the core of the issue? I’m not saying we aren’t. However, I just want to be a part of the conversation, and I want to be activated in making a difference.
I spent 3 years working and mentoring teen mom’s and runaways in inner-city Tulsa and my eyes were open to the deep rooted neglect and hurt that a lot of these adolescent girls were facing. During this process our student ministry team wrote a bible study called Fearless for our youth girls, empowering them with ways they could grow their value and become aware of what perpetrators were looking for. We also did resources for girls navigating social media and how to post with wisdom. Here are a few resources that we utilized.
1) Start a small group on awareness of Human Trafficking for girls 13-16.
We did this and it was so beneficial. We would watch a video and then have a conversation about the video. We made a little handout for the girls with statistics and ways they could feel confident to open up about the issue. At the end we would make a fun craft and give the girls scripture and pray. We kept is simple and fun.
Scripture on Self-Worth: Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
Walk Away for the girls: We cultivate dignity in our lives when we know who God say’s we are. Our uniqueness and our gifts are there for a reason and God wants to use them. They are not to be abused and we can ask GOD to help us say no and set healthy boundaries for people.
2) Social Media Awareness
Tips for Social Media
Tip #1 Make your Account Private on Instagram (You don’t have to be friends with people you don’t know.)
Tip #2 Be careful of your clothing on social media, a good rule is MODEST IS HOTTEST. Though it’s fun to post a pic of you in your bathing suit, it’s really not wise. Perpetrator’s look for photos they can steal and put on secret sites. It can even cause them to stalk or look for you in the market place.
Tip #3 Be careful with your location tag. Young girls don’t always have to put their location on when they are at a place. Perpetrators are watching locations and can often show up where you are. Keep your location notification off.
For more resources you can follow www.endsexualexploitation.org