Merry Christmas from our home to yours. Be safe! Have a prosperous New Year and above all … Love God
Are You a Survivor of Rape, Abuse or Incest?
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) has been helping survivors of sexual assault and violent crimes since 1994. They provide survivor services, public education, are involved with making public policy, and are available for consulting services when necessary. Their team is dedicated to offering the right support while ensuring the dignity of those who need their help. Help is available to anyone who has incurred or is currently in a situation where rape, child molestation, abuse, or incest is occurring. Reaching out for help is the first and the most challenging step for anyone to take. Once you take that step you will be treated with the individual care that you need. Their team consists of experts in the field that are qualified to help you and you will be treated like a human being has the right to be treated, with respect and dignity.
RAINN has provided support for more that 204 million survivors. Although there has been a dramatic fall in these crimes since 1993 (more than 50%) , the sad fact still remains, that every 98 seconds a sexual assault occurs. More disturbingly, only 6 out of 1,000 rapists will end up being punished for their crimes.
It is important to understand that there are different types of sexual violence: rape, child sexual abuse and molestation, incest, and partner sexual violence. RAINN helps survivors with the psychological, emotional, and physical effects that they will experience during their healing process. If you are currently in a situation of abuse, there is help! And you can and will heal with the right help. You are not alone even though you may be feeling that way. Please contact The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network at 800-656-HOPE , or if you have access to the internet you can visit RAINN and talk to an expert on live chat. They will take excellent care of you, guaranteed.
For many people, the experience of being assaulted does not end when the crime is over … Whether its a child who was told “if you tell anyone something bad will happen to your parents,” to an adult who does not feel safe anywhere at anytime. RAINN does a good job of giving them their life and their voice back. For too long survivors have had to deal with the worry of being blamed for what a disturbed individual did to them. They’ve been violated in unspeakable ways, and have been shaken to their very core. RAINN can and will help you!
With 63% of sexual assaults NOT reported and only 12% of child sexual abuse actually reported, we need RAINN and the services they provide to take away the shame associated with rape or incest or abuse. We need to get the 6 out of 1,000 punished to 1,000 out of 1,000 punished. Help us help you! These statistics are from the National Sex Violence Resource Center, Info & Stats for Journalists.
Bringing this issue out into the open, and removing the stigma that is attached to its victims, is one of the first steps to the help and support survivors desperately need. Amen.
If you know anyone experiencing the victimization of rape, incest, child molestation, or abuse please forward this information to them. This is our outreach, and we need everyone’s help. Thank you.
Sex Trafficking In The U.S., No Way!
The National Human trafficking Hotline calculates their statistics based on the information they collect from phone calls, emails and online tips reported to their hotline. In 2016 they reported a total of 5,551 cases of sex trafficking. Also reported were 1,057 cases of labor trafficking, 696 cases of human trafficking that was not identified, and 268 cases of sex and labor trafficking. We could go on but I don’t want you to lose the contents of your stomach! If we were to ask you where you think this travesty has occurred, what would your answer be? Are you ready for the answer …..
California had the highest reported trafficking cases at 1,323 in 2016, and Vermont had the lowest reported trafficking cases at 5 reported cases. And every other state in the United States falls somewhere in between. Yes, every state in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is facing a trafficking problem! If you take anything away from reading this information, know that sex trafficking is in every state and is taking place right in our backyards.
Many people are under the misconception that this only happens to the destitute people living in the streets or the so-called “working girls,” but that is just not true. Today’s tech savvy predators do not care what their victim’s background is. The internet offers predators a certain level of anonymity; that coupled with the unwitting victims who usually do not know any better until it is too late … our teenagers and young adults, make it much easier to find victims. Way to scary living in today’s world and especially if we are raising children.
You may be wondering how this is possible? A great number of sex trafficking that occurs in the U.S. is accomplished by traveling the I-20 and I-40 corridors. Interstate 20 is 1,513 miles of highway that travels halfway across the U.S. from West Texas to South Carolina; and Interstate 40 runs through the south-central part of the U.S. The traffickers use the interstate corridors to transport their victims from one state to another and have also made them hunting grounds for new potential victims. And their not particular with their victims, they can be boys, girls, women, men, its all the same to them. So what can we do to stop this craziness …
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to receive calls from anywhere in the United States. The hotline has operators that can speak over 200 languages. They can be contacted:
Toll-free at 888-373-7888, TTY 711. E-mail: email@example.com.
And if you know of a situation or potential situation, you can place a tip online at …
http://www.humantraffickinghotline.org/ and fill out their online tip reporting form. The information you provide will be reviewed by the National Hotline and forwarded to specialized law enforcement and/or service providers where appropriate. You can be anonymous.
This horror cannot continue. Every human being deserves a life free from fear, abuse, slavery, and rape. Please visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline website today to learn more about what is happening right underneath our noses. There are many ways to help or get involved that don’t necessarily mean you reaching into your pocket. Learn about what victims experience, how they were rescued, and the amount of help victims need to get back into the resemblance of a normal life.
Operation Underground Railroad began saving children from their abductors since December 2013. With the creation of their Underground Jump Team, which is comprised of former members of the Central Intelligence Agency, retired Navy SEALs, and Special Operations Specialists, they have successfully planned and implemented the rescue of trafficking victims and children who have been taken against their will to be sold for slavery and/or sex trafficking. They always work in conjunction with local law enforcement to ensure that once their mission is completed, justice will be served for the children that have been victimized. We are publicizing their work not only to shed light on this barbaric occurrence but to ask everyone to please help in their cause in any way they can. This evil will not end until good decent people, such as those reading this, make their voices heard, shouting … “WE WILL NO LONGER TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE SUFFERING OF OUR CHILDREN.”
Their work does not end when the victims are rescued. The physical and emotional abuse they have experienced is not easily overcome and requires professional help. Operation Underground Railroad ensures that all victims receive aftercare through partnerships that they have fostered with various facilities throughout the world. These facilities specialize in the rehabilitation required for victims who have experienced the horrors of this ordeal. They are introduced back into society in a healthy way that works for them. In addition, they work to educate people around the world. Unfortunately, there is a misconception regarding where these crimes take place, educating people is another way they help combat the abuse of children. They work with various organizations who have dedicated themselves to educating people from everywhere.
Operation Underground Railroad needs our help. If you are thinking to yourself I just don’t have the money to donate, that’s fine, there are many ways that you can show your support. However, if you are interested in showing your support and can make a donation please visit Operation Underground Railroad site. You can also support them by volunteering your time. You can volunteer to work at their office or from your home, and if you are interested, possibly travel to the areas you are needed. Another great way to help is to host or simply attend an event for the benefit of the children. If your business participates in charities, they also have a Corporate Gift Matching Option. When one of their employees donates then their employer will match that donation.
The donations they receive go towards helping local law enforcement agencies that are in constant struggle with budget issues. The donations enable those agencies to put finances into the fight; that is the fight against child pornography, child exploitation, or human trafficking. Law enforcement officers are then empowered to act on these crimes by being “proactive” instead of reactive.
In closing, we would like to sincerely thank Operation Underground Railroad and every member of their team. Your dedication and bravery serve as an inspiration to us all.
7 Home-Owner Mistakes that Target Burglars
Did you know that every year over 2 million homes are violated by burglars?
That’s a burglary every 15 seconds! Wow!
Leaving your alarm off when you are running errands. Nearly all of the houses robbed have expensive alarm systems,
and more than half the time, the alarms are not turned on.
Posting detailed alarm signs, in example, “Protected by …”. When you post a sign that identifies the alarm company, you have just given the burglar the information he needs to disable the alarm. All the burglar has to do is buy a diagram on how that particular system is wired. Instead, buy a generic sign from a hardware store that says “House Protected by Alarm System.”
Hiding valuables in the bedroom. The first place burglars look is your underwear drawer and under your mattress, then high closet shelves, etc. Try keeping money and jewelry you rarely wear in a safe-deposit box. Hide other valuables in places where burglars don’t think to look, like in the garage or above removable ceiling tiles. Or possibly hide valuables in the freezer or in fake soup cans, hair spray cans, beer cans, cleaner cans, etc., that are made for this purpose.
Getting a big dog? Nope get a yappy! A 100 pound dog like a Rottweiler or German Shepherd will look scary, but burglars know better. Most large breed dogs are not barkers. You are going to want “yappies,” those small dogs that make a lot of noise!
Hiding windows with landscaping. Tall bushes and shrubs allow the burglars to break-in to your house without being seen. So keep all bushes trimmed below window height. And don’t count on thorny plants to prevent entry because professional burglars will wear gloves and two layers of clothes, and they will carry cutting tools to remove obstacles that may get in their way.
Leaving on the lights. A light that stays on all the time is no better that having a dark house. It is not a deterrent, in fact, it will help burglars see once they are inside. Instead, use timers that turn lights on and off in different parts of the house at different intervals. Also, in addition to timers, hardware and home-improvement stores sell motion detectors that turn on lights or appliances if someone enters the house. They cost around $25.00 dollars for either device.
Having newspaper and mail stopped when you go away. Keep your plans quiet and have a neighbor or close friend pick up your paper or mail. Ask them to drop by at least once a day. The more activity seen, the less likely they are to target your house.