One of the first questions people ask me is, “Why did you start Christy’s Cause?” My nutshell answer: I was sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by my father my entire childhood.
Within those eighteen years lies my story of childhood trauma. One that involves sexual exploitation, rape, beatings, abandonment, neglect, physical, and psychological abuse. As a result, I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as other challenges such as Dissociative Disorder, OCD and Anxiety.
After years of EMDR and talk therapy, facing my pain, working through my issues, with support from my family, and through my personal relationship with Christ, I looked eye to eye at the giants of sexual perversion and violence and declared, “You will not destroy me, you cannot break me, you do not define me!” Today I am not a victim. I am not just an overcomer. I am an agent of hope. I am a freedom fighter!
While living life to the fullest, I found myself in Cambodia in the fall of 2014 working with hundreds of children living in extreme poverty. While there, I heard about families so desperate they were willing to sell their children into the sex trade. I saw first-hand the effects of a community destroyed by the sex industry and I couldn’t turn my head. I had to do something. Not just about the issue abroad but back home in my own community. During that trip Christy’s Cause was conceived and a year later, thanks to an amazing team of people and a lot of work, the dream became a reality.
Today Christy’s Cause is making a difference as freedom fighters for those who aren’t able to fight for themselves. We work to eradicate child sex trafficking through education, awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives. We also believe collaboration with likeminded NGOs, agencies, and organizations allow us to work together and make even bigger strides in bettering our community and achieving the common goal of eradicating human trafficking and ending child exploitation. No one agency or organization will ever be able to tackle these horrific crimes. Collaboration helps us better understand and promote important services provided by other organizations, brings creative solutions that would have otherwise been overlooked, and strengthens our advocacy efforts.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of those who desperately need our help. We can bring freedom, restoration, and a new life to these victimized children. I know these are hard issues to face, but I can say from personal experience, we are strong enough and our children are worth the fight.
sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another
mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
restraint coupled with strength and courage
Christy’s Cause works to eradicate child sex trafficking through education, awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives.