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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2243

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Tonight's special guest is Amanda Blackwood from Denver, Colorado, a former victim of child abuse and human trafficking. She's an activist, author and public speaker. Her child abuse included being molested by her brother at 4, her Aunt's husband at 12, a stranger in a Hastings parking lot at 14, and pressured by her parents into dating a 25-year-old when she was only 16. Amanda notes, “There was obviously some abuse in my childhood, but it doesn't even come CLOSE to comparing to what I've gone through as an adult [victim of human trafficking]. It happens every day, and most people think it could never happen to them, or that kind of thing doesn't happen in the United States." She goes on, "Sadly, it's not restricted to third world countries. I should know; it happened to me." At the age of 19, Amanda's life took a drastic turn down a very dark path. She married an older man to escape her already dramatic life and looking for a way out of trouble when the word "trouble" was completely redefined for her. Locked away in a small room with no food, no water, and no bathroom, her only company were the screams of other trapped girls down the dark, deadly hallway. When she escaped, she didn't go back for the other girls whose screams haunt her dreams even now. The book about that experience is called ‘Detailed Pieces of a Shattered Dream.' A portion of every book sale goes to help fight human trafficking and to help rescue the kids still trapped in the life worse than death. Amanda's been able to reach many other survivors of human trafficking and guide them to resources they didn't know were available to aid in their recovery.

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