The Hard Truth
The shame and secrecy surrounding sexual abuse make it difficult to get accurate data regarding incidents among women (especially in the sex industry). The studies that have been done reveal that:
- Between 66-90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children
Compared to the general population, women in the sex industry experience higher rates of:
- Substance Abuse
- Rape and Violent Assault
- STDs and STIs
- Domestic Violence
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
It is difficult to find statistics about sex workers and sexual violence due to the once widely-held perception that sex workers could not be victims of rape or other sexual assault. Because of this, scientists only began to study the prevalence of sexual violence against sex workers very recently.
A study of exotic dancers found that 100% had been sexually assaulted in the clubs where they were employed, with a prevalence ranging from 3-15 times over the course of their involvement in exotic dancing.
Violence included: physical assault, attempted vaginal penetration, attempted rape, and rape (Holsopple, 1999).
What Does "Beulah" Mean?
Beulah is a Hebrew word and can be found in Isaiah 62:4 and it reads (don't skip this--it's an astounding truth):
Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut,
regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue,
Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun
and her salvation flames up like a torch.
Foreign countries will see your righteousness,
and world leaders your glory.
You’ll get a brand-new name
straight from the mouth of God.
You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand,
a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God.
No more will anyone call you Rejected,
and your country will no more be called Ruined.
You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight),
and your land Beulah (Married),
Because God delights in you
and your land will be like a wedding celebration.
For as a young man marries his virgin bride,
so your builder marries you,
And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride,
so your God is happy with you.
For the Dancers
Hey Gem (s),
It has been such a pleasure visiting the club(s) each month. Some of you we know well and others we are still getting to know. We pray that our friendship continues to grow with each interaction. We want you to know that we aren't just your friends inside the club but we are here for you outside the club, too.
If you ever want prayer or some simple girl time, reach out to us. We can chat over a nice cup of coffee or tea--my treat. Until then, we cant wait to see you soon! Praying for you girl!
And thanks for stopping by our site!