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New anti-violence program targets local sex trade

By Kalin Thomas Contributing Writer | 1/18/2013, 12:01 p.m.
Lisa Williams, founder and director of Living Waters for Girls – a therapeutic refuge for sex-trafficked girls – speaks to civic and community leaders about the fight to save children from sex trafficking. (Photo by Vincent Christie).

“I want to see the SCLC become a clearinghouse or umbrella for the organizations that address this issue,” said Muhammad, executive director of Atlanta Victim Assistance, a victim advocacy group.

Fred “V-Man” Watson, a gun violence survivor and coordinator of the “Victory Over Violence” campaign, agreed: “According to the CDC, violence is a disease that gets passed on from generation to generation, so I’d like to work with the SCLC in finding solutions.”

Freda Waiters’ is receiving community support for her son, who was the victim of gun violence in 2011 when he was shot and killed by a Union City police officer.

“Every day, young people are being murdered from police brutality, sex trafficking and black on black crime,” she said. “It’s no telling what we can do if our communities come together.”

Steele said the coalition will develop an anti-violence curriculum that will be introduced to schools, churches and YMCA’s across the nation. “We’ll train children, parents and community leaders on what to look for in predators,” she said.

Her husband, Charles Steele, concluded: “We must include this issue with the movement of civil rights. It’s no different from us being lynched, castrated and taken away from our families.”