Defenders Super Bowl Campaign

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How many of you have heard of the Super Bowl? Alright, who I am I kidding? Everyone has! Great food, the most creative ad campaigns of the year, and great football­—it’s pretty hard to miss. Millions of people participate in this day. According to a 2013 Retail Advertising and Marketing Association survey, approximately 75% of [...]

Take Action: The Power of Accountability

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Love. Care. Tenderness. Support. These are all character qualities that are essential to the Defenders. These qualities in my mind all describe one important value of the Defenders: accountability. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, accountability means “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” I always grew up with the term “brother’s [...]

Take Action: The Power of Renting Lacy

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In September of 2012, I found myself reading Renting Lacy. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. Despite the warning at the beginning of the book telling me that it has very tough content, I thought I could handle it. I thought to myself, I can do this. This will be a one-sitting [...]

Take Action: The Power of Social Media

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 Social Media has grown substantially in the past few years. Facebook now has over 1 billion users. Many people have over 1,000 connections on Facebook. Twitter is rapidly increasing its user base; celebrities, politicians, and even the pope himself are using Twitter to get their message out. All around the globe, Social Media is being [...]

Eradicating the Commercial Sex Elephant in the Room

Guest Blog Post by Dale Rylander (Defenders Captain) When I try to get my head around the scope and complexity of the commercial sex issue I feel like a blind man encountering an elephant (the leg is a tree, the tail is a rope, the trunk is a snake, the ear is a fan and [...]

“Concert for the Innocent” – Vancouver, WA

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Announcing the “Concert for the Innocent” a benefit/awareness concert supporting victims of child trafficking The Defenders USA and Shared Hope will be hosting a free concert with local Vancouver and Portland bands to raise awareness about the issue of ending demand for domestic minor sex trafficking. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates [...]

Dreamworks “Turbo” – ‘Pimp My Shell’ Activism Victory

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Recently, one of our Defenders Captains, Richard Aronson, sent a letter to DreamWorks Animation Studios asking them to stop using the term “pimp my shell” in the promotion, trailers, and animated film “Turbo”. This is a great example of how one person, or a small group of people, can make significant social and cultural change. [...]

Don’t Ever Stop Fighting

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Blog Post by Ethan Morrow     In the midst of pain, and what appears to be failure, what do you do? How do you get up and keep fighting? I had to ask myself that question last month when the Oregon House passed a very tough bill. After weeks of fighting to avoid passing this [...]

Fighting Slavery For Christ

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Fighting Slavery For Christ Guest Blog Post by Pastor Angi What does fighting slavery for Christ mean? How does fighting “slavery” for Christ and the issue of modern day slavery go together? For those who consider themselves, non-Christian that may be a puzzling question. But for those who consider themselves Christian it is the only [...]

No Girl Left Behind

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No Girl Left Behind  Guest Blog Post by Dale Rylander Abolishing the Demand for commercial sex is not about the legality or morality of commercial sex.  At one extreme, there are countries like the Netherlands where prostitution is legal.  Guess what?  Too few women “want” to be prostituted women, so the supply is being met [...]

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