The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowley is a remarkable book that tells the stories of girls who have been forced into the world of sex trafficking.
Sex trafficking.We hear about it on the news and in special interest stories from around the world, but it occurs daily in communities all around us. Thousands of young women are forced into sexual exploitation annually. "The White Umbrella" tells stories of survivors and of the ones who came alongside to help them to recovery. It describes the pain and the strength of these young women and those who held the "white umbrella" of protection and purity over them on the road to restoration.This book offers guidance to anyone with a heart for these hurting young women and a desire to help. It is an ideal resource for individuals or organizations seeking to learn what they can do to assist these victims in becoming whole again. (Goodreads)
Wow. Incredible book and a must read. Mary does not sugar coat these girls lives and what they have gone through. This is not fiction, 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before they are 18!! These girls are not only in some far off country, sex trafficking and abuse is happening closer than you realize. 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before they are 18!
The title for the book is also the name of a campaign The White Umbrella Campaign.
White: Free from spot or blemish: as 1. free from moral impurity: innocent 2. marked by the wearing of white by the woman as a symbol of purity.
Umbrella: 1. A device for protection from the weather consisting of a collapsible, usually circular canopy mounted on a central rod. 2. Something that covers or protects.
These stories will break your heart and make you want to take action. I look back at my own life and I am so thankful that I was never in this situation, but that is not the case for many people. This book is written by the founder of Wellspring Living, (based out of Georgia) a woman who decided to make a difference and has impacted multiple people. Read the book, check out these links, it is something that everyone should be aware of and if possible donate to the cause, even if it's prayer.
"I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review".