Russ Tuttle | Stop Trafficking Project
On Wednesday night, 150 parents and 100 students grades 6-12 gathered to participate in a presentation from the Stop Trafficking Project. This night was one of education, awareness, empowerment, and togetherness.
Throughout the evening, parents and adults learned that we must keep our eyes open. The enemy wants us to keep our eyes closed, to ignore the problem, to keep our distance. But we will not. We will choose to have eyes wide open to see the problem for what it is. Only then can we begin to make change.
Human trafficking is nothing more than the exploitation of vulnerability. Desires plus dissatisfaction equal vulnerabilities to be exploited. When students don’t feel safe or heard or surrounded by the people in their worlds, this creates fertile ground for traffickers led by the enemy.
Because of the exploitation of vulnerability, depression rates among teens and tween has increased 40% in the past 4 years. Suicide rates among the same age group have increased 20% in the last 6 years.
But there is hope. When we tell kids the truth, they respond to it. When we let them know that they are worth it, loved, seen, heard, and important, we build up a hedge of protection around them. When we invest in our students, we create a safety net around them that the enemy cannot penetrate.
It is the responsibility of the church and the culture to build up a generation of students who understand the chasm of sexual exploitation, and who also understand that they have been created with purpose for purpose.
After hearing from Russ, September, and Stacy, parents and adults surrounded our students. We laid hands on them and prayed for them to be protected, to be Light in their schools and communities, and to have courage to stand firm when the enemy comes knocking.
Abolishing sex trafficking will not happen overnight, and it will not be easy. Still – if the future is in the hands of our youth, we can rest assured it will be bright and filled with hope.
Run To Stop It is an annual campaign, to raise funds and awareness to assist in the abolition of human sex trafficking. At The Rock, we have the honor of partnering with those on the front lines. Because of your continued support of this cause, we have been able to donate over $700,000 dollars towards the abolition of sex trafficking. This year, our goal is to raise an additional $300,000. For more information, to donate, or to learn about specific organizations we partner with, visit http://www.runtostopit.com