Of course there is no real help for victims of sexualized violence (“Today I saw justice, if only for a moment,” Voice of the City by the anonymous mother of a human trafficking victim, Nov 30). Because we live in a patriarchy where the only people who matter are males. Nothing changes unless men want it to and they don’t want to lose prostitution—after all they are the ones who use it. So so wrong. There are so many brave women. They have to be because the system is against them. About the prevalence of slut-shaming: Do reporters ever include a murdered woman’s occupation if she was a plumber or dental assistant? Rarely. But if she was a prostitute, gotta tell everyone.
— Martha Cody via The Coast’s Facebook page Stand by these young lost souls and help guide them back into society with open arms, not finger-pointing, with understanding and compassion and a belief that they can change their lives. They may not even believe it, yet. We need to tell them they can, that they are worth it and deserve our love, not our judgement. Resistance and solidarity.
— Robinson Lee Myers via Facebook People think this does not exist but it is out in the open. As an over-50-year-old transgender woman I was approached four times by “people” recruiting for the sex trade at a Dartmouth mall, my partner a couple times as well. I was shocked first time, told my wife a sweet young man with the sexiest voice in the world tried pick me up with a beautiful puppy dog look, but I knew what he was. I’m old and confident. A young lonely woman with low self-esteem or a teenager would have no chance against such a smooth-talking pretty young man as this person was. Not his victims’ fault at all. I hope your daughter stays strong and has a beautiful life. Lots of hugs and love to her.
— Julia James via Facebook