Selah Freedom is launching several programs this quarter to restore victims of sexual exploitation.
Hope Group: This is the first step in sexual abuse healing.
Identity Group: Part two of healing is in restoration and fending off the old lies.
I: Institute change in culture by prevention
We are kicking off our first community prevention program.
Modern Day Slavery: Combating Prostitution - that provides an in-depth education on the problem and effective ways to combat prostitution.
In January we had to great opportunities to reach college students with awareness
USF (Sarasota) - Panel discussion on the problem and solutions.
Ringling College of Art & Design - Human Trafficking presentation.
P: Partner with law enforcement, the community and service providers to support and equip
Bradenton/Sarasota Roundtable - We had an incredible turn out with community leaders, government officials, and law enforcement. Statistics and solutions were discussed, as well as training for law enforcement on current laws and how to identify victims.
We look forward to strengthening relationships. Read the article in the Bradenton Herald.
P: Protect and support those who have been sexually exploited
Solutions for success are dependent on coming alongside women who have been exploited, and genuinely supporting them, along with providing job placement, educational resources, and tools that equip them through-out their whole life.
Mentorship program - Walks alongside women who are fighting to restore their lives, fighting for their identity outside of the sex industry.
Sex Trade Support Group - Provides women a safe place to gain tools for healthy living. This group encourages women in their journey. Whether you are still in the industry, or are no longer working but could use some support.
L: Legislate and advocate change in laws to stiffen the penalty of trafficking, providing more rights to victims and creating laws that play a strategic role in abolishing slavery
The John Program - Selah Freedom is working with State Representative Ray Pilon's office to implement the SAIGE program, which targets the demand side of sexual exploitation.
Once firmly in place, this program will lower repeat offenses of men that solicit sex by over 70%. Education is the key to the success of the program; first time offenders are educated on sexual exploitation and trafficking, as well as health concerns. This positions Selah Freedom to partner with law enforcement to lower repeat crimes in the solicitation realm, which has proved to be a huge problem, especially in pursuit of children.
E: Empower others to use their resources to end slavery
Creating and sustaining a RIPPLE is contingent on empowering others. This year we have an operational budget of $360,000. We have raised 22% of the budget. We need to raise $280,740 to meet our goal.
You can be part of the hope by contributing to the mission. You can have a hand in restoring and renewing lives!
Please consider becoming a monthly partner, no gift is too small. Thank you.