Our Part to Play

25 Oct

This week, we’re focusing on safety. Below is a video link from the Today website, where Shauna Newell shares her incredibly sad (and scary) story of being sex trafficked while attending a sleepover at a friend’s house. The video is a few years old (first aired in 2008), but the dangers of such things have only increased since that time. Sex trafficking is real, and it is here in the United States. This precious girl’s story is just one way such things can happen.

If you’re a young woman watching this, I hope it reminds you to be incredibly careful regarding where you go and with whom you spend time. As unthinkable as it is, there are predators who are looking for someone to exploit. While we don’t condone everything in Shauna’s story (traumautized from this experience, she does make some choices we wouldn’t recommend), this video does a great job of reminding us that parents can sometimes sense things we can’t, that listening to your parents can actually save your life!

If you’re a parent watching this, let it remind you to be more diligent than ever regarding your children’s safety.

Remember, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7 ).  To keep you (or your kids) safe, you have the wisdom and protection of God. We do not have to be paralyzed with fear about what might happen. However, being aware of the dangers around us help us to make the best choices we can to avoid them. We, too, have a part to play. Let’s play it well!

Click link below:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/27098993/ns/today-today_people/t/teen-recounts-horror-abduction-sex-slavery/

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2 Responses to “Our Part to Play”

  1. Questionable December 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Sorry to leave what many would believe is an insensitive comment about this individual report of sexual trafficking but ever since this case aired, there has been much scrutiny about the validity of the girl’s story. I am not saying crimes like this never happens or can’t happen because it most certainly does. However this particular example is not a good representation of sexual trafficking as there are many inconsistencies and parts of the story which are deemed to many as simply unbelievable and definitely contradictory. That doesn’t make the “moral of the story”, if you will, any less important. Everyone should be careful out there!

  2. mrrightseries December 15, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Yes, when we posted this story, we realized there was some controversy regarding some who do not believe Shauna’s story or her version of what happened (as mentioned in the interview itself). However, we felt that if the Today show felt it valid enough to bring to people’s attention, we did, too. As you said, the “moral to the story” is what we were hoping to communicate to women, the need to be careful and intentional when it comes to personal safety. In today’s world, the stakes are too high not to do so. We thank you for joining the discussion on this post!

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