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.  …

Too Fat To Be A Stripper

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“You’re too fat to be a stripper…” After skimming through the 3,000 comments people have left on the Buzzfeed video of my story so far, this comment and the 5 others like it are the ones that got stuck in my head.  (I know, I know, don’t read the comments!) Not the ones from young girls who were planning to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Be A Part Of Her Story

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Leaving is hard, staying out is harder. 89% of women in the sex industry said they want to escape, but see no other means of survival. Even for those who do leave, most end up going right back. Whether it is dealing with the impact of trauma in their lives, a lack of employable job skills and work experience, financial …

DOES PORN HELP RELATIONSHIPS?

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The first time I was exposed to porn, I was 3-years old.   I didn’t fully understand what I was seeing, but the pink fleshy images on the Television screen were burned into my mind.   I didn’t make the choice to watch porn until many years later. I was in an abusive relationship and watching porn made him happy. …

IS PORN EMPOWERING TO THE WOMEN INVOLVED?

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There is a prevailing belief in our culture that porn is not only harmless, but empowering to the women involved. The line of thinking goes something like this:   “Women in porn are consenting adults, doing this by choice. They are empowered by virtue of their sexually liberation. And good for them for using what ‘God gave them’ to get …

She’ll Never Walk Away: A Commentary on The Weekend’s Song, “In the Night”

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    “You’ll be back. Nobody ever leaves.”   This is what they told me the night I quit working at the strip club.   My experience told me they were right. The only woman I ever saw leave the club married a rich costumer that had become a regular of hers. Not exactly a fairytale ending. More like a …

Desecration Dance

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Defense mechanisms: We all have them. They make it possible for us to survive in our own skin when it hurts, when it is burned and scorched and stretched tightly around us in such a way that we feel immobilized. Somewhere, deep inside, we find a way to carry on with our daily lives when nothing around us makes sense. …