Friday, March 8, 2013

A New Act, A New Hope

As a vintage shop, we want to provide the most unique and beautiful items to our customers. We also want to do more than just sell vintage which is why we donate 10% of every purchase to G.E.M.S, Girls Educational Mentoring Service. This organization was founded in New York City in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd who as a teenager was commercially sexually exploited. 

G.E.M.S strives to make known the issues of domestic trafficking and sexual exploitation in New York and the states. They are committed to ending sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of women and children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth. A great step toward this goal was taken yesterday with the renewing of an political act. 

President Obama signing act. 
It was a day of excitement and celebration as a new act was signed by President Obama, The Violence Against Women Act. This act was originally put forth in 1994 but in 2011 fell by the wayside and was not renewed until yesterday. This act empowers victims of sexual and domestic violence across the United States. It gives them rights in the law as well as access to programs and victim assistant services. 

This is the beginning of a long road towards empowering victims of domestic and sexual violence and to one day end sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking in the United States.

For more information on G.E.M.S. and to support their movement click HERE
For more facts about the Violence Against Women Act, click HERE.

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