|4/19/2018 10:03:00 AM|
One Loaf at a Time Symposium April 25 & 26
The dangers of sex trafficking and sexual violence can be found all over the country, even the world. Residents of the Lakeland area are invited to learn about these dangers, and how they can be prevented. A powerful two-night symposium called "One Loaf At a Time," is the second annual symposium, and will be presented April 25 and 26. Doors open each night at 5 p.m. Both evening's events are free of charge.
The first night, Wednesday, April 25 will be at the Bear Pause Theater in Hackensack, MN. The evening will feature a 2017 documentary film called I AM JANE DOE will be shown at 6 p.m. I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer. Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain narrates the documentary.
The second night will be held Thursday, April 26, at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School in Walker. There will be a personal story of abuse and survival by Rachel, a 2008 graduate of WHA. Rachel now works as a sexual assault advocate, and will weave into her personal story signs to look for sexual abuse, and ways to intervene to help the victim. Following Rachel, there will be three breakout sessions for the audience to attend.
The symposium is organized by the One Loaf at a Time Steering Committee, a grassroots organization that came together after last year's symposium which attracted over 700 attendees.
"The community is hungry for more information about trafficking and what we can do to stop it, and help victims to recover," Lynnette Tripp, one of the two organizers from last year, recently stated. Linnea Dietrich, a retired marriage and family therapist turned artisan bread baker, who donates her profits to help stop sex
trafficking - thus the name, "One Loaf At a Time," said, "Our goal is to raise awareness of trafficking and the damage that sexual abuse does to people."
"We encourage youth ages 13 and above (with parental permission) to attend. The average age of trafficked victims is 12-14. Beginning contact with victims is often through social media. With so many of our youth using social media daily, hopefully this symposium will help them become more aware of their vulnerability in a way their parents and teachers can't tell them," Tripp and Dietrich explained.
One Loaf At a Time is supported, in part, by the Bank Forward Foundation, Cass Lake Indian Health Service Sexual Assault Violence Program, Cornerstone Copy of Lakeville, Edward Jones Financial Consultants of Walker, First National Bank, Hackensack Lion's Club, Hackensack Lumber and Hardware, Jenny's Beehive, Linnea's Bread, Lowe Electric, Lutheran Women of Hope Walker, Sacred Heart Church CCW Hackensack, St. Paul's Lutheran Church Hackensack, and individual donations.
For more information, go to the website oneloafatatime.org or the Facebook page, "One Loaf at a Time."
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