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Safety Lessons: Guiding our GLOSS Girls

Look both ways before you cross the street!  Don’t talk to strangers!  Put your seat belt on!  Stop, Drop and Roll!  Those were just a few of the instructions that I learned as a child.  Now as an adult and the Executive Director of GLOSS, it is important to me to ensure that our young ladies learn valuable and current safety tips too.

I love that the Bible is useful for teaching young ladies what they need to know to survive and thrive during their life here on earth.  In fact, Proverbs 11:14 says

“where there is no guidance, a girl falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety”.

We were happy to have  two awesome counselors (“guest speakers”) to help guide our GLOSS girls in safety!

 

Internet Safety

Regina Hamilton - Social Media Safety

Regina Hamilton joined a Virginia GLOSS Chapter Butterfly Café to address tech safety.  The internet has drastically changed the way our young ladies interact with the world.  They can have access to in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity, and connect with people from all over the world with just a swipe.  Along with offering a fascinating and new way to connect with the world, the internet also offers new risks like social media bullying, exposure to inappropriate media and online predators.  Ms. Hamilton showed the GLOSS girls how to take advantage of the many benefits technology, while also explaining to them what is not appropriate when surfing the internet or engaging in social media.  Thanks to the modern day tech opportunity of live streaming, the Georgia Chapter was able to receive the great information Ms. Hamilton shared right along with the young ladies in Virginia!

 

Human Trafficking

I was able to visit with the Georgia GLOSS chapter as they welcomed Leah Clement to one of their Friday night Butterfly Cafes.  Ms. Clement is the producer on a soon to be released film Fighting For Hopecalled “‪Fighting For Hope” (www.OCFilmCo.com).  She shared about the shocking reality of modern sex trafficking in metro Atlanta and how she’s contributing to the fight to rescue victims through an upcoming film.

{Human trafficking is modern day slavery that touches every corner of the globe. This multi-billion criminal enterprise is the fastest growing crime in the world. Human trafficking involves both commercial sexual exploitation and labor servitude. The average age of entry for victims is 12-14 years old.  (Reference: http://law.ga.gov/human-trafficking)}

 If you suspect that someone is being trafficked, call 1-888-373-7800.

According to www.WellSpringLiving.com, more than 100,000 kids are trafficked for sex each month in the United States!  We can help bring that number down by following one of the challenges Ms. Clement made—avoid sharing picture posts and status updates that reveal their exact location, living patterns as well as their emotional and our mental state.  Young ladies can unintentionally attract trafficking scouters through what they share on the internet.

The struggle to ensure safety of every kind in a sin filled world is real but so are the tips and resources that are available to help us!

Here are few video links that provide additional safety tips:

 

Cherise M. Davis, Executive Director

#IAMGLOSS

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