Jus­tice glimpsed

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

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

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