This was the hardest book I’ve ever read. I cried every chapter. I was heartbroken for the girls who suffered unimaginable pain at the hands of monsters, for I have no other word to describe them.
The statistics are sickening.
In the US “one out of every four girls is sexually abused before the age of eighteen. For boys, the number is one out of six.” FBI reports in the US, over 100,000 children are forced into sex trafficking. They age range runs from 9 to 9, with an average age of 11.
The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowley brings to light this horrible darkness that is in our own backyards. Bowley founded and runs Wellspring Living, a tangible example of an organization working with these girls and helping them restore their lives. Another reason you should buy this book? Profits “go directly to Wellspring Living to further it’s a work in confronting the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through awareness, training, and treatment for girls and women.”
“When God’s People come together to fight this good fight against the exploitation of innocence, the weight of oppression is exchanged for the weight of glory. The time has come to let our children be little girls once again. The time for freedom is now.”
The book covers several different angles to the story of sex trafficking and was incredibly helpful. It is made up of stories from victims who have been helped and healed by the program, the heartaches, the story of Wellspring, volunteers, therapists and people who are doing what they can to make a difference (fundraising, awareness, etc). This topic breaks my heart, but it so needs to be discussed.
“Walking with survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking is a messy and complicated opportunity. But how beautiful it is that God has given us His white umbrella of love so we can spread it over someone in the storm. When we do that, they too can experience the love, protection and care that Christ longs to give us all.”
(I received a copy from Moody Publishers for my honest review)