Tonight was the 1st Annual Saving Innocence Gala! And it was a.maz.ing! Seriously. I am surrounded by the most awesome people in my life.
Kim Biddle may be one of my new heroes.
So here’s the details – because I think the whole world should know.
Saving Innocence works with local law enforcement, social services, schools and other parts of the community to help bring a permanent end to sex trafficking of children in Los Angeles. They also work to restore the cultural values of innocence and human worth.
I am so excited to see where this amazing non-profit is going to go over this next year… 2012 was such a phenomenal start for them – and they’re just getting started. They are on the absolute leading edge of creating hope and dignity in these girls’ lives, helping these abused girls to know that their abuse does not define them going forward. They are not trapped or permanently destroyed. They have life ahead of them. They have stories. Their hope is going to spill out of those stories. And the world needs their voices. Because one day, maybe we’ll live in a world where sex trafficking is no more. How amazing would that be?
It’s so funny – in the last several months, my life keeps coming around to this same idea over and over – being a voice for the voiceless with the stories I write. LA. Cape Town. Back to LA. And it’s really making me wonder – what’s coming next for me? What are the next stories I’m going to tell?
Saving Innocence creates relationships and community here in LA where those desperate voices finally have a chance to be heard and valued. Because even the quietest, most overlooked girls deserve to have a hopeful future.
Can you imagine being 15 years old and constantly hearing that your value is strictly in being a sex object? That your life and future plans and family are totally irrelevant?
And then – can you imagine being rescued out of that? Told that you have value and a voice, that you’re safe, and that tomorrow, you get to go to school and pursue your dreams?
Come on now…. how awesome is that? I’m so excited that I can support them, even in my tiny little ways.
+ Kim and Kellan, rocking it out! Love them. ——————————————>
And just for fun…
My fancy husband and I in our night out on the town. He’s the best ever.
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