Back from Women’s March #1. (There will be another one held tomorrow in a different city.)
In response to my anti-porn sign, I got a mix of encouragement and harassment.
The encouragement was almost entirely from women, while the harassment was entirely from men. One woman expressed disagreement with my sign, but she didn’t harass me.
The real highlight of my night was when the march had ended, and three young teens saw my sign.
It caught the eye of a boy, who then expressed confusion with his friend (also a boy)– “how is porn rape?”
They started to walk away, but I called out to them that I could explain if they wanted.
One of the boys walked over me to listen. He seemed genuinely concerned and interested in what I had to say, and not only did he listen intently, but he called his friend over as well.
Soon the girl who was with them walked over too, and also expressed concern and interest, and listened intently.
While explaining, I warned them that people–lead by traffickers–have been trying to rebrand prostitution / human trafficking as a positive thing.
The girl thanked me, and her expression and tone sounded so deep and sincere.
This is what I want to do. If I’m able to reach even one kid, then all my work is worthwhile. I will never stop fighting for women, for trafficking victims, for children.