Healing With Dignity


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Healing With Dignity

options for women 6We believe without dignity it’s almost impossible to have self-worth. Now imagine you are faced with a traumatic situation; having to leave everything behind due to domestic abuse, having dealt with the horrors of human trafficking, facing your mistakes as someone or a family who are now homeless or very close, just needing assistance with that suit or professional wear for a job interview that may change everything, etc. You see we at Dignity U Wear believe in trusting your own abilities, and with enough faith and love from others that boost of self-confidence can in fact be reality. 

Dignity U Wear focus on families in crisis, domestic abuse victims, human trafficking victims, those facing a natural disaster and those suffering from medial issues. All of these situations need as many people as possible to show love, compassion and belief that those suffering are worth the extra effort. Dignity U Wear has seen first hand that the gift of dignity truly is one of the most impactful gestures that can be made – new clothes, new life. 

Homelessness

On a single night in 2015, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or in a transitional housing program.

  • In total, 33 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) reported decreases in overall homelessness, while 16 states reported increases. The states with decreases in homelessness were concentrated in the South and Midwest.
  • Despite a national decrease in unsheltered homelessness, only 18 states reported decreases in the number of people living in unsheltered locations, including the street, cars, and abandoned buildings. The national decrease in unsheltered homelessness was driven in large part by decreases in unsheltered homelessness in Florida, Texas, and Georgia.
  • The national rate of homelessness in 2015 fell to 17.7 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population, from 18.3 in 2014. The rates in individual states ranged from 111 in D.C. to 7 in Mississippi.
  • The rate of veteran homelessness continued its descent of the past several years to 24.8 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population. The rates in individual states ranged from 145 in D.C. to 9 in Virginia.
  • The majority of states had decreases in every major subpopulation: family homelessness (33 states and D.C.), chronically homeless individuals (31 states and D.C.), and veteran homelessness (33 states).

Why wouldn’t we want to help?  Can you help?  

Domestic Abuse

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S…one in three women and one in four men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime

  • One in five women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • One in seven women and one in eighteen men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.   

Now imagine having to leave everything behind quickly. You have no clothes for an interview, and you can’t properly dress your children.  Dignity U Wear understands this situation is critical and when we are able to assist, it is life altering. 

Human Trafficking 

A $32 billion annual industry, modern day trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people for the purpose of work. According to the U.N., about 2.5 million people around the world are ensnared in the web of human trafficking at any given time. 

Human trafficking impacts people of all backgrounds, and people are trafficked for a variety of purposes. Men are often trafficked into hard labor jobs, while children are trafficked into labor positions in textile, agriculture and fishing industries. Women and girls are typically trafficked into the commercial sex industry, i.e. prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation. 

Not all slaves are trafficked, but all trafficking victims are victims of slavery. Human trafficking is a particularly cruel type of slavery because it removes the victim from all that is familiar to her, rendering her completely isolated and alone, often unable to speak the language of her captors or fellow victims. 

What is sex slavery/trafficking? 

Sex trafficking or slavery is the exploitation of women and children, within national or across international borders, for the purposes of forced sex work. Commercial sexual exploitation includes pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking of women and girls, and is characterized by the exploitation of a human being in exchange for goods or money. Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders—though additional numbers of women and girls are trafficked within countries. 

Some sex trafficking is highly visible, such as street prostitution. But many trafficking victims remain unseen, operating out of unmarked brothels in unsuspecting—and sometimes suburban—neighborhoods. Sex traffickers may also operate out of a variety of public and private locations, such as massage parlors, spas and strip clubs. Adult women make up the largest group of sex trafficking victims, followed by female children, although a small percentage of men and boys are trafficked into the sex industry as well. 

 Increased unemployment and the loss of job security have undermined women’s incomes and economic position. A stalled gender wage gap, as well as an increase in women’s part-time and informal sector work, push women into poorly-paid jobs and long-term and hidden unemployment, which leaves women vulnerable to sex traffickers. 

Who traffics women and girls? 

Organized crime is largely responsible for the spread of international human trafficking. Sex trafficking—along with its correlative elements, kidnapping, rape, prostitution and physical abuse—is illegal in nearly every country in the world. However, widespread corruption and greed make it possible for sex trafficking to quickly and easily proliferate. Though national and international institutions may attempt to regulate and enforce anti-trafficking legislation, local governments and police forces may in fact be participating in sex trafficking rings. 

Why do traffickers traffic? Because sex trafficking can be extremely lucrative, especially in areas where opportunities for education and legitimate employment may be limited. Crime groups involved in the sex trafficking of women and girls are also often involved in the transnational trafficking of drugs and firearms, and frequently use violence as a means of carrying out their activities. One overriding factor in the proliferation of trafficking is the fundamental belief that the lives of women and girls are expendable. In societies where women and girls are undervalued or not valued at all, women are at greater risk for being abused, trafficked, and coerced into sex slavery. If women experienced improved economic and social status, trafficking would in large part be eradicated.