Forgiveness is not justification of the actions of another person who has wronged you. Forgiveness is realizing that the situation is out of your control, and you’re passing the judgment on to God, or whatever higher power you choose to give it to. You can never truly be free until you have reached this point. It doesn't mean that you’ll never feel angry or frustrated about it again, it just means that you've put the person (or persons) down that you've been carrying around on your back for so long and deciding that you are worth being whole again, only responsible for holding up your own weight.
This week, I would like to highlight a teen from my local region who not only became a victim of sex trafficking, but she was rescued, and instead of hiding in the shame of what happened to her, she has joined forces with Shared Hope International to spread awareness of how simple it is for a teenage girl to fall into the terrible siphon of sex trafficking.
Brianna was a normal teenage girl with a loving home and parents who gave her all they could offer in a middle class home. Little did she know, there were men in her small town watching her and waiting for the perfect moment to start grooming her into a life of trafficking. Brianna aspired to get out of her small town, like many small town girls do. She needed money for college, and they were going to provide it to her. All she had to do was dance a little bit, or so she thought. Dance a little bit became much more, and she found herself trapped in a trafficking situation.
Her bravery and courage has made her an obvious choice for Wonder Woman Wednesday. We love your heart and your strength, and we support you 100% in your mission to change the world. You can learn more about Brianna’s story of hope as well as the stories of others at sharedhope.org as well as give to their mission by volunteering, donating monetarily, or sharing their stories.
If you are ready to share your story and help us in #fightingback against abuse towards women, email firstname.lastname@example.org.