KS is a single mom who has been the victim of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. She was with us recently when we shared with a group the truth about human dignity as it relates to the social and human costs of pornography with its connections to the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of our women and children. Afterwards, a man who had been a user of pornography and exploiter of women, approached KS to apologize and ask for forgiveness for being one who so wrongfully abused young women like her. It was a powerful experience. (KS will share more of her story with us in the coming months.)
Most of us would agree today that any system that subjects women, children and men to exploitation for money, power, and personal gratification goes against the very being of our Creator. William Wilberforce was the crusading Christian reformer who was responsible for bringing an end to the cruelty of the African slave trade. He understood that all people have been made in God’s image – and one of the attributes we inherit and portray is human dignity.
Therefore, acknowledging that all women, and children, are indeed Somebody’s daughter and Somebody’s son literally captures the essence of every person’s value and human dignity created in God’s image.
We encounter opportunities every day to repaint the landscape of our culture, to see the hearts of people be awakened about the issue of pornography and its related activities. We simply need to be willing to make these issues part of our everyday dialogue.
A community leader recently said, “William Wilberforce realized that he couldn’t end slavery until England realized that a slave was a man…now, get the men of America to understand that women are people.“
We truly can become a nation that honors and values the dignity of every woman and every child.
She’s Somebody’s Daughter. He’s Somebody’s Son.
Let the conversation begin.