October 11, 2016
Film, Open Dialogue about Sex Trafficking Set for October 13
The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) and WE LEAD, in conjunction with Shared Hope International, will be screening the film Chosen and hosting an open dialogue about domestic sex trafficking on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The dialogue will be led by Shannon Langford, an Ambassador of Hope for Shared Hope International. The event is free and open to the public, and the audience in encouraged to participate.
Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. The organization envisions a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a community committed to restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice – one life at a time. By screening the film in churches and schools across the United States, the organization strives to raise awareness about how to identify vulnerable youth and intervene if necessary.
Langford serves as a trained volunteer Ambassador of Hope and regional coordinator for Shared Hope International. As an Ambassador of Hope, she brings attention to the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking through presenting as a keynote and panel speaker. She has advocated for stronger trafficking legislation in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia and has spoken nationally and internationally on issues concerning women and children. Langford has volunteered with the women’s restoration organization, Fashion & Compassion, in Charlotte, NC and domestic violence shelters in Virginia and West Virginia. She is a native of Elkins and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and International Studies from Alderson Broaddus University and Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition from Old Dominion University.
"It is important to bring current issues of domestic minor sex trafficking into public consciousness,” stated Katie Loudin, coordinator of outreach and leadership development for Wesleyan’s CCE. “Whether or not it is openly acknowledged, this problem is pervasive and does not discriminate based on location. It is important that everyone understand what this looks like if they know young people. We are proud to share this program with both the campus community and the general public."
For more information, please contact Loudin at (304) 473-8165.
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