While traveling for work, I sat next to a 26-year-old woman on a plane to Austin, Texas. She helped me relive a moment from my past that continues to be a reminder of the importance of being comfortable with who you are, especially if what you believe makes you "different."
My son Simon was born, beautiful and healthy, on October 21, 2004. He scored 8 and 9 on his APGAR test and was average for height and weight. He smiled for the first time at 47 days. He died suddenly a few weeks later.
Tragically, sex trafficking isn't limited to faraway places, but exists in our own backyards, schools, churches and communities. If you do not believe this is true then you haven't been looking or listening.
I'm not sure why women volunteer more than men do, but I do know that most volunteers -- men and women -- say they get more from volunteering than they give. Here's a quick rundown of some of the benefits.
Surviving narrows focus and strengthens resolve. Surviving comes with added responsibilities and can at times, become quite tiring. But the advantage is a clearer picture; an unobstructed view of the good stuff that has always surrounded us.
I can honestly say I did not plan any of what happened next. It just happened. Rather than break the news to my three young children that we would be heading back to the hospital for another battle, the only words I could form were, "Let's start Christmas right now."
While law enforcement and the courts can indeed be helpful, sometimes they are not. It is my experience that the best way to help victims before their situations become lethal involves a community-based effort.