April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with a 2017 theme of “Engaging New Voices.” St. Teresa de Avila once wrote, living “in the service of others” is a marvelous way to spend our time “until we are united with The Beloved.”
Both batterers and traffickers use power over and control to dominate their victims. Trafficked people are often subject to sexual assault as a means of control. On the flipside, children that have been sexually assaulted in the home (often by a family member or other care provider) are vulnerable to human traffickers as runaways.
There are many reasons for us to become engaged in combating this pervasive problem. Serving others in ways that make this a better world is a fine way to spend our time until our journey ends.
April is as good a month as any to re-engage or engage in combating sexual assault. Can we count on engaging your voice?
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Inez Torres Davis.