In the Sexual Slavery conversation, we can not neglect to talk about the Restoration of survivors. Unfortunately, restoration work is the least supported step in the rescue process here in the States and certainly the rest of the world.
The reality is that for a US survivor it takes on average three years to find healing from their trauma. If we consider all the Sexual Slavery Factors, there are so many elements to the survivors healing. The need for restoration homes, a safe place for a survivor to find healing is high.
"There are an estimated 313,000 new victims of sex trafficking in the US annually,
and under 550 beds in the US to house survivors when they are rescued."
-The Justice Reform
We are extremely under resourced right now for the survivors needs. This is true not only in the States but also the rest of the world. I believe with all that I am that the only way for people to find complete healing is through the POWER and LOVE of Jesus Christ. I also believe that we ALL have a crucial role to play in this restoration story.
You may be asking "what can I do? What could I possibly have to offer a trauma survivor?" The truth is, you do have something very unique to offer- yourself.
YOU may be called to pray for the rescue and restoration of survivors, YOU may be called to give away time, items, or blessing gifts to benefit survivors, YOU may be called to financially partner with organization or missionaries working directly with survivors, YOU may be called to go yourself and pave the way for healing for the survivor.
Don't limit what God could do through you! I would encourage you to take some time to ponder what role you are being called to play in someone restoration story.
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My name is Marissa Deraya; Global Worker with Project Rescue serving women and children of Spain.
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