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Event for girls to address dating violence, internet safety, human trafficking


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Multiple organizations are joining forces to bring girls resources and information about dating violence, internet safety and human trafficking.

The Empower HER! #Love&Lipgloss event, slated for 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Jack Minges Boys and Girls Club, will welcome experts in the field of human trafficking and public safety to speak to girls in middle and high schools.

The event also will offer resources and information about issues that girls must deal with every day.

Sarah Tellis of True Justice International will discuss human trafficking. True Justice International operates a safe house for trafficking victims in the New Bern area.

Pitt County Sheriff Paula Dance, Desha Lane with the sheriff’s office and Diane Taylor will speak about internet safety and dating violence.

Throughout the event, girls will be offered a bag full of gifts and resources about who they can contact in a crisis. There will also be youth-friendly entertainment and food.

The #Love&LipGloss event is the inaugural Empower Her! program spearheaded by Daughters of Worth. It is expected to become a quarterly program for girls in the community.

“This program was created as a response to numerous calls, texts and emails from women of our communities requesting an opportunity for their girls to be involved with the empowerment programs that we offer,” said Liz Liles, founder of Daughters of Worth

”We believe that now is the time to have real conversation around hot topics that teen girls are confronted with in their schools, homes and communities — and that it is up to us, to create change,” Liles said. “#Love&LipGloss is the first Empower Her! event and is designed with three specific goals — to create awareness, generate conversation and share community resources with teen girls.

“We believe that if we can impact the life of even one girl in our community, then we have served our purpose,” Liles said.

Daughters of Worth is partnering with ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now, True Justice International, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, The Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plains, Bright Futures of Pitt County, Ruth’s House and the Church of the Good Shepherd.