I found it really interesting in the section of findings for individual violence that the stories that were told by these women have left them scared for life. There were recurrent times of sexual abuse by gang rapes, being stalked and raped by johns as well. The two bullet points that really caught my attention was 1) The theme of control and manipulation was related to pimps and boyfriends who would withhold financial resources necessary for the girls and for their children. Threats of having their children taken away were used to control them and keep them in line. 2) Physical violence is a reality in girl’s lives–perpetrated by boyfriends, pimps and johns. Most often it goes unreported for fear of further violence and based on a belief that the police will not believe them and will, in fact, blame them for the violence they experience. The beatings they experience are also a threat to their children, further cutting off access to help. This honestly makes me sad and also breaks my heart on how women have to go through these things nowadays and I feel as if it’s becoming reoccurring. Especially with human sex trafficking. Women are being kidnapped, raped and used for sex trade more and more nowadays and some make it out alive but some don’t. The ones who make it out alive are the lucky ones and should be vulnerable about what has happened. I feel as if some women are scared to go to the police because they’re being threatened by their pimp or whoever it may be if they were to tell on them. This creates this fear that you cannot express yourself to anyone else and have this trauma that stays with you for the rest of your life.
I really liked that this article and about Young Women’s Empowerment Project because it kind of gave me this empowerment as a woman that you are strong and you can stand up for yourself. I liked the section where they spoke about resilience and how connecting with other girls about this situation to help protect themselves. You can create a community with other girls that are going through similar hardships and connect on a different level. At the end of the day, us women shouldn’t feel as if we are alone.