Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Give a Little to End Sexual Slavery and Support Survivors

Photo courtesy of  SMF:  http://www.somaly.org/whoweare 
Sexual slavery sounds like an incomprehensible dusty myth dredged up from centuries past. Shockingly and sadly, it is not, but rather a horrific modern day reality for some girls and women living around the world. Somaly Mam is a survivor of sexual slavery and endured unspeakable torture, rape and abuse as a child. She survived only as a result of her searing courage to escape after witnessing the brutal murder of her best friend in the brothel in which they were held captive. Now Somaly Mam is not only a survivor -- she is a "thrivor".

She established the Somaly Mam Foundation in 2007, a funding vehicle to support anti-trafficking organizations and to provide victims and survivors with a platform from which their voices can be heard around the world.

So this week I am donating to the Somaly Mam Foundation to help in the effort to end slavery and empower the survivors so that their light too, can shine brightly. Thank you Somaly Mam for being a symbol of hope to many and a source of inspiration to me.

Read about my weekly Give a Little challenge and other posts. I have to give ongoing props to Wendy Smith for her inspiring book, Give a Little. Consider giving it a read.

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