Happenings in Washington State:
At Sea-Tac airport:
The Port of Seattle has posted numerous posters around SeaTac Airport that say, "This airport is a safe place," to help raise awareness about reporting sexual assault. One of the posters in a women's restroom has received a lot of "graffiti", with many women writing on it. The "graffiti" messages say:
I will believe you!
You are loved.
If no phone, tell someone in this restroom
Ask for help. A woman will!
There is nothing wrong with you! You are not Crazy. Believe that.
Be the best you!
Don’t bend down to any man!!!
You deserve to be respected.
You deserve to be safe.
Let's pray that victims are encouraged by the posters and graffiti and take steps to end their exploitation.
Betty Be Good store in Lynden
Official opening on May 19, 2019
Suzanne Smith, owner of Betty Be Good Boutiques, has combined her passion for fashion with her desire to make a difference in anti-trafficking efforts. Her website says that Betty Be Good Boutiques,"... give 2% of daily sales to a fund called Betty’s Liberty Closet. This fund clothes survivors of human trafficking in recovery at Deborah’s Gate in Vancouver and Engedi Refuge in the PNW. " (Click here to read the full story.)
Already in Bellingham and Birch Bay, the trendy boutique held a "pre-opening party" for their new Lynden store on May 9th, with the official opening to take place on May 19th. We encourage you to check it out, knowing that your fashion dollars support trafficking survivors when you shop!
Legislation in Washington State
Sarah from Shared Hope sent out this email on 5/9/19:
"I want to share great news with you from this spring! Senate Bill 5885 was signed into law! This bill strengthens courtroom protections for child survivors of sex trafficking. This law will allow a child's out of court statements related to the victimization to be brought in as evidence for prosecution."
Washington State continues to be a leader in the nation when it comes to legislation about human trafficking. Well done!