Why I fight child sex slavery
Published: Monday, February 6, 2012
Updated: Monday, February 6, 2012 07:02
Lastly, I know we don't come to Tufts aspiring to be apathetic, passive, disengaged citizens. We come to Tufts to learn how to tear across boundaries and change the world. We are so blessed to be in a position to fight for and empower those that do not yet have a voice. We have four short years at Tufts — they really do go by in a flash! Make sure you take the time to stand up for what you believe in.
And for all the victims of sexual assault or rape, know that you are not alone. Seek help from people you can trust. Keep looking forward — never look back. I'm not saying that becoming an abolitionist is the quick-fix step to true healing from sexual assault, but I can tell you that it has certainly helped me find hope in a situation that once felt hopeless. Love took my blindness toward human trafficking and spurred me into compassionate action. Love turned my brokenness into something worth celebrating. I'm not sharing this story to gain pity points, believe me — I can think of a hundred less humbling ways to get that sort of attention. I'm sharing this story because I have found that nothing restores the way that love can, and that is a story worth sharing. There is so much room for forgiveness in love. There is so much hope for restoration. What's the most powerful force on the planet? I know love is. And it's called Love146 for that reason.
Jane Jihae Yoon is a senior majoring in child development. She is one of the co-founders of the Love146 Tufts Chapter.