Featuring the voice and plea of Kimberly McOwen Yim today:
The climate needs to change when it comes to women and girls in our world. Enough is enough. The commodification and objectification of women and girls – and even young boys – may we not forget the young boys – needs to end. We can no longer continue on living in a world where violence against women and children is tolerated and many times glamorized. It must end. If we continue to passively go about our lives as usual in our current culture climate – we will eventually become numb to the violence, the empty, pitiful evil existence of reducing God’s creation into nothing more than something to consume.
We need to get mad. We need to feel rage. We need to speak the Truth. We need to pursue Justice. We need claim the power that our Creator gives each of us. We need to move.
We need to take our fingers out of our ears. Yes, it is bad. It is worse than we can imagine. It is sad. But we are NOT helpless. There is something – there is always something we can do and become to help the climate change.
We can listen. We can learn.
Pimps are not to be glorified. They are traffickers and slave owners. Bitches and whores are beautiful women who are trafficking victims, slaves who do not wear iron shackles but are scarred by burnt flesh of branding, tattoos, threats, shame, broken bones, manipulations, starvation, and isolation.
We can inconvenience ourselves a bit and sign up to receive updates from anti-trafficking organizations. We can read a book by a survivor. We can pay attention to the stories we hear in the news. We can talk about what we are learning with our friends and family. We can vote for legislation that increases the level of services for victims of sex trafficking. We can stop calling it child prostitution and began to call it children sexually exploited.
We can begin to call it slavery.
We can listen to the women on the streets. We can give them a voice. We can give them respect. We can see them.
We don’t have all the answers. But we are asking questions. And we know we have power to find them.
We are refusing to do nothing. The climate can change.
Kimberly is the author of Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power To Abolish Modern-Day Slavery. She is the founder of the local grassroots group San Clemente Abolitionist in her hometown. As director of the SOCO Institute she advocates for a variety of groups such as International Justice Mission, Opportunity International, and CURE. She writes and speaks on a variety of global need issues related to human trafficking.
Angelina Grimke has most recently inspired Kimberly. Being a Southern white woman in the 1800’s Angelina was a minority voice tirelessly working toward to the immediate abolition of slavery. With only her sister as a support, the Grimke sisters eventually left the south to find momentum in the north. She became the first women to speak publicly in front of a legislative body. Her letter Appeal to Christian Women of the South points to the power Kimberly believes all ordinary women have at their disposal today to help re-abolish modern-day slavery.