It’s been 20 years since I left my exploiter…

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  Today, September 16th, marks 20 years since I left my exploiter and started a new life.  I told his part of my story in my memoir, Scars and Stilettos.  In memory of this special day, I decided to share that exert with you  …   As I sat waiting for my grandmother’s and aunt’s flight to arrive, the Los …

She Finally Called

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This was a portion of my phone conversation with Sarah* when she called the Treasures office. There have been times when we have gone on an outreach on a Friday and a woman we met attends support group on Monday. We love when that happens! But the reality is, for most women, it takes time for them to arrive at …

Top 3 Reasons I Became a Stripper

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I know a woman who started stripping to pay for chemotherapy. Another who began prostituting to pay for medicine for her children.  Teenagers who were convinced by pimps masquerading as boyfriends.  And I know a woman who showed up to an amateur night at a strip club, on a whim with her friends, thinking it would be adventurous and fun.  …

How My Childhood Led Me To Stripping: Buzzfeed Video!

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I still remember the first time I ever publicly shared my story. I became so filled with doubt fear of being judged that I almost didn’t share! Today, I see that even if one person is impacted by me sharing vulnerably about the things I have overcome, it is worth it! Thankful to Buzzfeed for providing a platform for it …

She is a Daughter, Mother, Friend, Leader

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91,980,225,000 pornographic videos were viewed on one subscription-based website in 2016 alone. Not only that, but the revenues of the sex and porn industry in the U.S. are bigger than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined. It’s time to face the harsh reality of the sex industry – behind these ‘numbers’. We can no longer glamorize the sex industry and …

Sneak Peak: Scars & Stilettos First Pages

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Hi Friends, Today I  was reminded of exactly why I wrote Scars and Stilettos.  A woman called me in tears after hearing from her granddaughter who had been on the streets. “Grandma, I read that book you sent me from cover to cover and I left.  I finally left. Now I just have one question,” she continued, “What do I …

Strip Clubs and Motor Homes

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One evening in 2003, I found myself sitting in my car across the street from the strip club where I used to work. I felt like I was sitting outside of a prison that had once held me captive. I remembered what it felt like to be a 19-year-old girl in financial despair, who, after experiencing a lifetime of chaos …

Kelly’s childhood was stolen from her…

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Up to 90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children. Keep this staggering stat in mind as you continue to read. Kelly* shared a few of her memories from her childhood. I can hear the deep cry of Kelly’s heart longing to be heard, protected and cared for. Kelly’s childhood trauma played a part in her …

The Truth About Hope

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Whether we are dealing with grief, loss, broken relationships, or the realities of injustice today, we often find ourselves facing a gap between the reality of our circumstances and our expectations of the way things should be. Harmony shares insights from her own experiences with disappointment that will help you discover the truth about hope and how to maintain it through difficult …

365 Days

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As I reminisce about the past 365 days I feel an urgency to write you and share with you what is on my heart. I am someone who is deeply committed to growth, both personally and as the Executive Director of Treasures. The truth is: we live in a microwave culture. We like to see instant results… NOW. But the …