16 Days of activism: Sat 04.Dec:

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 2 December 2021, 07:40

Black Thursday

Black Thursday

Saturday 4th December: Worldwide, almost 20% of all trafficking victims are children. Children traumatised by abuse carry that trauma into adulthood. Many enter abusive relationships, either as victims or perpetrators. Today we pray for children living in desperate situations, whose families are coaxed into trafficking them to orphanages or to other countries for work, believing they can have a better life.

Friday 3rd December: Coercive control is a persistent and deliberate pattern of behaviour by an abuser over a prolonged period, designed to achieve obedience and create fear. In 2015, coercive control became a part of the law on domestic abuse in England and Wales, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine. Today we thank God for legislation on this issue and we pray for effective resourcing and implementation to enable victims and families to regain their lives. Escape the Control is a campaign which draws attention to controlling behaviours in domestic abuse. It helps you spot the signs and how to get help. For more information visit www.escapethecontrol.co.uk

Thursday 2nd December: In every country, sexual and gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence. The Thursdays in Black movements makes this tragic violence visible, supporting victims and actions of resistance and resilience, and standing up together in solidarity towards a world without rape and violence. Join with the growing number of people who are committed to wearing black on Thursdays, as part of a global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence www.oikoumene.org/thursdays-in-black

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