Tonight's special guest is Jessa Dillow from Denver, Colorado, who tells us she was sexually abused by family members as a child. "This sexual abuse soon turned into them making child ography of my naked body and sex trafficking," she explains. But her traumas didn't end there. "When I was twenty-one years old, I was able to escape, but due to the fact that I was very vulnerable, this new found freedom did not last, and I ended up in a another trafficking situation where through force, fraud, and coercion, my body once again became the property of another pimp." She goes on, "Since my second escape, I have gone through extensive healing and am now working on my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a step towards my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology to specialize in trauma recovery." Jessa's story and a video about her experiences can be found in a recent Global Citizen article, part of a series called "Real Women Real Stories," a social project designed to promote awareness of the often unseen hardships women face in different professions and places around the world. The project highlights women who fight their battles and are persistent on achieving what they have set out for. A respected speaker, writer, and mentor, Jessa uses her childhood experience of severe abuse and trafficking to illustrate both the stark realities of sex trafficking, and the truth that healing transformation is possible.
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