Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands will gather at bars, behind television sets, at the stadium in celebration an American pastime. The Broncos and the Panthers replace the last 98 teams, with the same vigor we football fans or not eat wings, chug bear, laugh, root for â€œourâ€ teams, wagering, and enjoying the competition. As we plan our the food, beverage of choice, and anticipate the commercials most funny; I am especially proud of the No More Campaignâ€™s PSA message which resonates how important this football game is to Radiant Futuresâ€™s vision of ending Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.
Taking a stand to change our culture; this pastime known for touchdowns, time outs, and tackles while the truth is emerging behind American Football is laden with a dark undertone: Trafficking; Slavery; Domestic Violence, Millions of Victims. Last year over 600 perpetrators were arrested in the US during the two weeks leading to the Super bowl. Much like domestic violence this is a silent crime but not victimless. Awareness is spreading. However, the NFLâ€™s efforts to combat the issues have not made a dent. Just this week NFL star Johnny Manziel was accused of domestic violence. In December Brodley reported on 44 NFL Players who have been accused of domestic violence and sexual assault. A few days ago a Sacramento woman was arrested after posting an ad for adult entertainment near Santa Clara. The business of supplying sex for entertainment is rampant this week.
While connecting with friends and family, consider those absent from the activities, the workers trafficked to work the event, the girls, boys, men and women who are sold for sex; the friend who used to sit next to you at every party but isnâ€™t this year because her partner is in a mood. When your party ends, remember the children cowering in closets as dad beats mom in his drunken stupor because she flirted with uncle Tommy; grandmothers who are searching for their searching the ads for any glimpse of the grandson who ran away last year and who the rumor is works for the pimp on the corner; and your friend who stopped texting during the game is in the hospital with the broken jaw after he came home angry.
Take action. If you or someone you know are in danger call 911 to learn more about how to cope with these issues call us 24/7 at 877-531-5522, visit our website wtlc.org. To support ending domestic violence and human trafficking get involved.