Did you know that last year there were more than 1,200 reports of human trafficking to the Florida Abuse Hotline? Did you also know that there are less than 50 beds in the state for trafficking victims to find rest and respite?
At The Porch Light we are proud to operate a safe home that helps combat that reality and cares for victims like 13-year-old Mary*.
Mary’s father died when she was young and her stepfather was physically and emotionally abusive, so she ran away. One night, when Mary was sobbing on the bench at a bus stop, a man drove by who promised to “take care of her.”
She was forced into prostitution and her life was so consumed with pain and deceit that she turned to alcohol to numb reality.
When Mary arrived at the safe home she looked twice her age. She was bruised and broken, pleading for a better life.
Working with law enforcement agencies and other child welfare organizations, we facilitate long-term trauma care for victims like Mary.
Our safe home’s expert staff focuses on helping girls overcome the abuse they have endured and works to redefine their self-worth, which has been grossly distorted.
Sometimes it takes three to four months in a safe environment for a victim to talk about their traumatic past.
Mary has now built relationships that involve mutual trust and she is excited about what her future holds.
Utilizing therapeutic horses, highly trained coaches and mentors and individualized care, The Porch Light helps heal scars that no child should ever have.
Your monthly gift ensures that girls like Mary have somewhere safe to rebuild lives that have been shattered by abuse and lies.
*Name changed and stock photo used to protect the victim’s identity