When a woman graduates from our program and leaves the safe house, we believe that she will be successful, not only in establishing her own business, but in continuing to live a good life. When it doesn’t happen that way and she returns to her old lifestyle, we ask so many questions, wonder what more we could have done to prevent this.
Why does this happen? Why is it hard for someone to recognize that a change needs to be made? How can a girl be so successful in turning her life around, accepting change, and working toward a better future, yet return to a life she knows is harmful?
There are so many “whys” and not enough answers. We all do what we can to support and encourage our girls, to give them a spiritual and practical foundation for the future, but in the end, the path they choose is up to them. She has relapsed, but she may yet come to a point where she wants to try again. If and when she calls, we’ll be ready for her.
- Dion Stokes in “The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking”
What we can do in the meantime is pray – pray that God will help her to turn back to her new life.