“It has been an interesting week…” Michelle* said, when I asked her how she was doing one outreach night.
“Interesting good or interesting bad?” I responded.
I soon found out that this was definitely interesting bad. Michelle had been held at gunpoint by a “date” earlier in the week and raped.
She was so scared. Afraid that this bad date would be back to kill her and afraid that if she went to the police to press charges then he would most certainly come back to kill her. But more than anything else, she was afraid that one of these nights she would not make it home to her children.
Michelle was offered a listening ear, help going to the police, and a hug. What she wanted and needed most in that moment was someone to enter into her fear, and remind her that she is not alone. ARISE Ministry has had over 150 interactions with women on the streets this fall and handed out supplies to over 100 women. ARISE continues to form relationships with those involved in the sex-trade offering care, hope and love.
*Names changed to protect identity.