An epidemic creeps through our neighborhoods; stealing the bodies, minds and souls of children who are forced into unthinkable circumstances and trapped by the bonds of sex trafficking.
The majority of victims are coerced or manipulated into this modern-day slavery as early as 10-12 years old, often with a history of abuse that begins much earlier. And by the time they find help, many of these children have grown into young adults who are physically ravaged, spiritually manipulated and emotionally decimated.
Fortunately, there is a small but growing group of warriors known as GenerateHope battling for the hearts and lives of these survivors.
GenerateHope is an ECCU member organization taking on this pervasive problem, one young woman at a time—offering a chance for sex trafficking survivors to actually thrive. This San Diego-based, faith-driven organization provides a long-term, comprehensive, housing and recovery program to young women who have survived being sexually trafficked, so that they can reintegrate into society and walk powerfully into their future.
The Startling Statistics
Tricks of the Trade
Dan DeSaegher, GenerateHope Executive Director said, “It’s sobering how recruitment into sex trafficking is happening in our middle schools, high schools, public transportation, malls, parks, group homes, anywhere teens are found.”
He explained part of problem is that survivors arrive unaware of the reality of their situation. “Many have never even heard the term ‘sex trafficking’ and have no idea that their ‘boyfriend’ was actually going to sell them. They certainly did not think they had any other options for survival, coping, or independence, and living a safe and free life seemed like an impossible dream.”
Survivors are often not rescued until they are in their late teens or early twenties, typically after an arrest or escaping from their captors. “The level of physical and psychological abuse these women have suffered is off the charts,” DeSaegher said.
Home Safe Home
But, once they are rescued, GenerateHope provides a safe place for survivors to be restored through long-term housing, healing, psychotherapy and education. Since recovery from sexual exploitation is a long-term process, GenerateHope provides individualized trauma support within a safe home environment, empowering each young woman to discover her value and reclaim her independence, becoming an inspiring example of restoration for herself, the community and future generations.
The GenerateHope Solution
|THOUSANDS||Number of people educated about sex trafficking|
|90||Survivors who have discovered a life of freedom since 2008|
|75%||Participants who successfully abandon the sex trade|
|Significant decreases||in women's symptoms of PTSD and depression|
|Dramatic increases||in women's self-esteem, independence, education, sobriety, family connectivity, community involvement, spiritual developmen|
Currently, GenerateHope operates a small campus of buildings in San Diego including a safehouse, transitional house, classrooms, and office area. The 18-month recovery program houses 6 women at a time with individualized case plans, ultimately serving about 12 women per year.
All this month ECCU is partnering with GenerateHope to help make a difference in the lives of these courageous survivors. With any account opened, ECCU is donating a HopeChest of personal items, the first gift a survivor receives as she is recovering from the trauma of sex trafficking in America.
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