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Protecting Children from Local Human Trafficking Free Community Program October 3 at WCU’s Sykes Theater By Carol Metzker, Author of “Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery” ragically, 11-14 years old is the average age of formal entry into commercial sexual exploitation. This is sex trafficking. It happens here on the Main Line. When children should be reading elementary mysteries, playing middle school soccer and tackling algebra, they are being groomed and sold for sex. They are being noticed, encouraged and deceived by anonymous “friends” on social media apps or adults who they already know and have access to their home. They are locking away dangerous secrets out of fear, lack of self-worth and a lack of understanding that comes from being children. Frighteningly, by the time some parents – and some school personnel who abide by parents’ wishes to wait to talk about predators and sexual abuse until high school (or never) – talk to students about human trafficking, protection and prevention, it’s already happening. A life with a path of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, numbing pain through alcohol and drugs, and long-lasting mental and physical health problems is already underway. To help adult community members grasp what human trafficking is and how they can help protect kids, the West Chester University’s (WCU) Undergraduate Social Work Department, the Chester County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and Chester County Fund for Women and Girls are offering a special program. “I Am Little Red: Protecting Children from Human Trafficking” is free and open to the public, on October 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at WCU’s Sykes Theater. “I Am Little Red” At the forefront of the program is a screening of “I Am Little Red.” This short new animated video for youth showcases the creative efforts of several Academy Award-nominees and winners. Its script was co-written by ten survivors of human trafficking, ages 14-21, Alec Sokolow (writer of “Toy Story”) and Mary Mazzio. Along with this video screening, there will be a panel of experts including a local survivor, a case manager who has worked with child-victims, Pennsylvania State Police and a representative from PA State Senator Dinniman’s office to help attendees grasp the problem better and to learn about solutions for prevention. There will also be a short discussion of solutions—practical steps that parents, coaches, professionals, and community members who care about children can use immediately. Walk-ins welcome; registration is suggested/required for anyone requesting Social Work CEUs: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-am-little-red-tickets-46995848849. Fortunately, there are local organizations and individuals who are working against human trafficking and creating solutions to this horrific crime. Become educated to become part of those solutions on October 3, 2018.



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Merion Mercy Academy welcomes eight new faculty members to campus this school year. Front, from left – Ms. Katie Knarr of Whitemarsh, English teacher; Mrs. Anne Gregg of King of Prussia, Administrative Assistant to the Head of School; Mrs. Anne Rafferty of Newtown Square, Theology teacher; and Mr. Kyle Thompson of Brookhaven, Theology teacher; back, from left – Mr. Benjamin York of Philadelphia, Science teacher; Ms. Carol Restifo of Bryn Mawr, English teacher; and Sister Carol Tropiano of West Chester, Campus Ministry (Missing from the photo: Mr. Louisket Edmond of Drexel Hill, Language teacher.)

Divorce Workshop for Men Offered Second Saturday of the Main Line Presents First Divorce Workshop for Men Oct. 9 econd Saturday Workshops are offered in over 100 sites throughout the country. Now, this opportunity is available to men living on and near the Main Line. Guided by a team of experienced family lawyers, financial and counseling professionals, the Workshop will condense otherwise complex legal, financial and emotional issues experienced during divorce. Participants leave with a better understanding of the legal process, as well as the financial and emotional impact of divorce. A Workshop attendee commented, “I left the Workshop informed and with a renewed sense of confidence.” Second Saturday of The Main Line Divorce Workshop for Men is scheduled on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Boenning & Scattergood, Four Tower Bridge, 200 Barr Harbor Tower, Suite 300, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Registration opens at 6 p.m. Pre-register: www.secondsaturdaymainline.com or contact Jean Biesecker at 610-664-2332. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. Nominal Workshop fee: $20.

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Har Zion Temple Presents Author Angela Himsel Har Zion Temple presents Angela Himsel, author of “A River Could Be a Tree”on Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York? In search of the Holy Spirit, Angela decided at nineteen to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. But instead of strengthening her faith, she was introduced to a thrilling new world. Ms. Himsel relates her story with warmth, humor, and a multitude of religious and philosophical insights. This event is the opening event of a series of exciting authors entitled “Open a Book...Open Your Mind.” Tickets are $18 purchased in advance or $25 purchased at the door. For tickets to this event, call 610-667-5000 or online visit www.harziontemple.ticketleap.com.


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