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Breaking Free speaker — Apple Valley
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Apple Valley’s Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church will host a guest speaker, Terry Forliti, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Forliti is the executive director of St. Paul-based Breaking Free, a nationally recognized nonprofit serving women involved in systems of abuse, exploitation and prostitution/sex trafficking.
The Twin Cities have reportedly long been a hub for sex trafficking, and predictions are for an increase in activity in the months leading up to the Super Bowl in 2018.
“At Breaking Free,” according to its website, “we understand sex trafficking as a vicious cycle of violence, abuse, incarceration, and addiction. Repeated experiences of violence undermine women’s capacities to avoid further victimization. Sexual exploitation distorts the lives of women, destroys families, and undermines the fabric of our communities. In order to break the cycle, we must first recognize sex trafficking/prostitution as a form of violence against women.”
Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. The event is free and open to the public. However, the church is collecting nonperishable food items and cleaning supplies to help stock the Breaking Free pantry, so attendees should consider bringing an item to donate. For more information, call the church office at 952-423-2212.