September 28, 2013
If prostitution is the world’s oldest “profession,” then child sexual abuse is one generation older. The experience of unmitigated sexual abuse in childhood is the single most common event in the lives of women at Magdalene. A vulnerability to being trafficked, to addiction and to eventual prostitution occur in the aftermath of a childhood marked by severe abuse, chronic familial and institutional neglect and early alcohol and drug abuse to numb emotional pain. The difference between a child abuse victim who ends up trafficked or prostituting and victims who don’t lies in the ability of families and systems to protect children, in the severity and duration of the abuse, and in the tendency of our culture to minimize the trauma of the experience.
March 16, 2017
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January 19, 2017
Love heals women, one day at a time; and, love heals family relationships, one day at a time.Thistle Farms is the miracle that my daughter Rachel needed coming out of prison having lost everything in her life. The miracle she needed provided a safe place for recovery from almost 20 years of substance abuse and addiction -- years of treatment, recovery and relapse.