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SOLD FOR DRUGS, WOMAN DOES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

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Tonya Stafford and the neighbor who helped her break free from her abuser.

Her mother sold her for drugs when she was 14. Now, she spends her life rescuing fellow trafficking victims

DALLAS, TX  –  It took Tonya Stafford years to return to Bradshaw Street in southern Dallas.

When she finally did, about eight years ago, she felt afraid.

“It was a lot of emotions that came back,” she said.  “Because I thought of everything that had happened.”

Stafford lived in two separate houses on this street  –  although “lived” is a generous term.

She survived.  That’s a better way to put it.

Located just feet apart, those Bradshaw Street houses are the first and second homes Stafford lived in with the man who purchased her from her mother when she was 14 years old.  They’re the first two homes in which she was held captive, raped and abused for years.

“I was sold from the projects… the Turner Courts Projects,” Stafford said.

She’d been living their with her siblings, her mother and her mother’s husband.  Stafford’s mother had been in an out of their lives, while living with addiction.  She regained custody of Stafford and her siblings when Stafford was eight years old.  Up until then, they’d been living with their grandmother.

“It wasn’t something that was hidden from us,” Stafford said of her mother’s troubles. “Big Momma always just told us to respect her.  If we saw her walking down the street in South Dallas, we respected our mom.”

Stafford said her mother had started to do better when she regained custody, but the man she married was an addict and abusive.

“He immediately started raping us and molesting us,” Stafford said.  “So, that’s how our life took a turn for the worse.”

When Stafford and her siblings told her mother about the abuse, she said her mother’s husband claimed the children were trying to break them up.  She believed him.

Stafford said the family was also homeless for months at a time and bounced from hotel to hotel.

“He would get a room for them and a room for us,” Stafford said.  “Then he would get a room to take us into.”

Even then, Stafford still had hope.

“I wasn’t pregnant,” she said.  “I was an A student.  I was really smart.  My mentality was to make it out and never come back.”

Eventually, her family ended up at the Turner Courts housing project in southern Dallas, where Stafford said she and her siblings were allowed to freely come and go as they pleased, as long as they were home by dark.

She said she remembered she’d hang out with a neighbor, a women in her early 20s who was married and had kids.  Around that time, Stafford also remembered, she started noticing the man who’d become her abuser hanging around the neighborhood.

“I remember seeing him but not really paying attention cause I was playing with [my neighbor’s’] kids,” Stafford said.  “I didn’t know he had already started inquiring about us. Who was I?  ‘Who’s her momma?  What does that look like?’  They told him, ‘Her mom’s on drugs, and they don’t really care about them.’  He found his prey.  I was his prey.”

One night, when she was 13, Stafford said she was at her neighbor’s house, drinking what she thought was soda.  The man was there too.  Once she’d had a bit of what she later realized were wine coolers, she said she didn’t feel good.  She remembered the man telling her she couldn’t go home drunk.

She said he raped her that night.

“I got up,  I put my clothes on,  I went back to our apartment,” Stafford said.  “I didn’t say anything.”

A few weeks later, Stafford started feeling sick  –  and quickly realized she was pregnant.

“My daughter was born in 1988 in Mesquite Community Hospital,” she said.

Stafford was 14.  The father of her new baby was more than 10 years older.

Court documents provided to WFAA showed that Tonya was interviewed by a case worker who was investigating her mother and stepfather for child abuse involving another sibling.  The report detailed that Tonya was pregnant and that the father of her child was substantially older than she was.  The case worker noted that she asked Tonya if her mother had anything to do with what she referred to as her “relationship” with an older man, but never probed into any questions about abuse or the situation being troublesome.

“I knew then that we weren’t going to be saved,” Stafford said.

A few months after her daughter was born, Stafford said she was playing outside with other kids and had come back in to her house for some water when she noticed her belongings and her baby’s things had been packed up and placed by the door.

“She [her mother] said, ‘You got to go,'” Stafford said.  “I asked why: ‘Did I do something wrong?  Did I not clean up good enough?  What did I do?’  She just said again,  ‘You got to go.’  She pointed outside, and I saw his car waiting.  So, I took a deep breath, and I got in the car.”

Stafford said she went to live with with her abuser in his grandmother’s house  –  one of the homes on Bradshaw Street  –  where she was repeatedly raped and beaten.  After a year, she said they moved a few houses down on the same street.  A couple of years later, they moved to Pleasant Grove.

Stafford said she’d continuously tried calling her mother during this time, but never got an answer.  Eventually, she learned that her mother had changed phone numbers.  While she lived on Bradshaw Street, Stafford was just a few blocks from her family and the school she would have attended had she been able to leave the house.

“I really only left to go to church,” Stafford said.

She said her abuser took her to church every Sunday and Wednesday.

“I remember telling someone he was raping me, and they told me not to say that,” Stafford said.  “The first lady told me I should be glad someone bought me.”

Stafford said she lived with her abuser for 10 years.  During that stretch, she gave birth to two more children of his children.  She said no one at any of the hospitals ever questioned their situation.

“I don’t think they wanted to get involved,” Stafford said.

She was 24 when her life changed.  She has her neighbor to thank for that.

“She was the nosey neighbor,” Stafford said.  “She’d seen something.  She said something. And she did something.”

Stafford said her neighbor had noticed abuse in the home, and had spoken to her about it.
“Our cue was, if it gets bad, throw something out the window  –  or just come out and she’ll call the police,” Stafford said.

On the day she was rescued, Stafford said the abuse was particularly bad.

“He was angry,” Stafford said of her abuser.  “He was angry.  He just kept saying, I’m going to kill you.'”

Stafford said she’d gone to the bathroom, flushed the toilet and threw some things out of the window.  She said she tried to climb out of the window, too, but her abuser heard her, kicked down to the door, pulled her back into the house and threw her into the hallway.
“I asked him if I could go put my kids up, and I could come back and he could kill me,” Stafford said. “He said no, and he started choking me unconscious.  And that’s all I remembered.  I woke up.  My neighbor was kneeling next to me, and she was crying.”

Stafford said her neighbor heard the commotion and called the police.  By the time officers arrived, her abuser had run away.  Stafford and her children were taken to a shelter for domestic violence survivors in Irving.

“I got to be safe, and then I started therapy,” Stafford said.  “I love therapy.”

She still goes to therapy every Tuesday.

“It’s the first time I couldn’t lie,” Stafford said.  “I had to be honest about everything.   My kids got therapy too.  I think that’s ultimately what saved me.  I had never just been around a bunch of women.”

These women affirmed Stafford’s beauty, value and purpose.

When she finally was able to take her attacker to court,  Stafford said the judge apologized to her for a healthcare system and an education system that “failed” her.

“Then he said, “And I’m sorry, I have to fail you too,'” Stafford said.  “The statute of limitations had been reached.”

She was able to get a protection order  –  one that’s still in place  –  because of the domestic violence, but her attacker was never charged for the sexual abuse.  In fact, he was granted visitation with her children.

Stafford’s story is a hard one to hear, but it laid the foundation for the life-saving work she does now.

In 2014, Stafford started It’s Going to Be Okay Inc, an organization that helps rescue, house and heal survivors of human trafficking.  She now operates four safe houses for survivors across Dallas-Fort Worth.

“We’re providing direct services to human trafficking victims of all races and colors, but particularly Black girls,” Stafford said.

These are girls, Stafford said, that often go missing without extensive media coverage or resources devoted to finding them.

They’re girls like her.

Her story, Stafford said, is not entirely the same as the cases she deals with now.  But the foundations of trauma and abuse are the same.

“When you’re dealing with past trauma, it effects your post-trauma,” Stafford said.  “It’s how [these girls] are so susceptible to trafficking.  It’s the cycle of trauma, the generational trauma.”

Stafford’s work has been recognized around the country.  She works with local, state and federal law enforcement to help rescue trafficking victims and offer services to help them rebuild their lives.

She was recently recognized by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for her efforts, and even received an honorary doctorate for her work.

“When I come across girls who look like me  –  the forgotten girls  –  and they say, ‘Ms. Tonya, thank you for coming, and thank you for providing what probably wouldn’t have been provided,’ that is my why,” Stafford said.

So, now, when Stafford finds herself on Bradshaw Street, she sees survival.

“I survived for them,” she said.  “I survived for me.  I survived for my children.  And not only am I surviving, I’m thriving.”

Current Administration Set Up STD Pandemic For Deadliest In Our History

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Indifference to Child Abuse, and the STDs our Children are exposed to by Child Predators!

Fake News Being Spread By CDC

OK My Friends, I have some information every one of you need to know, and I pray all of you have a very serious talk with every Parent and Child in your circle of Friends, and inform your Stewards (Preachers, Pastors, Reverands, etc…).

Following this post, I will be reposting a very important post from our website, which has all the information, and the resources to back everything I say here today, and leave no doubts.

People, the fake news network is setting up a very dangerous situation for every man, woman, and Child in our country, and Mexico, and Canada included.

In the last 2 days I have seen with my own eyes, where stats and vital information has been changed to put all of us at ease about a very serious STD/STI Pandemic we have been in for at the very least 10 years, and in my opinion, more like 20 years, but in 2012, this thing exploded.

In 2017 the CDC released a CALL TO ACTION for Syphilis.
It had numbers higher than they had ever been in the last 30 years.

On March 6, 2017, the CDC released a CALL TO ACTION for Drug Resistant Gonorrhea.

Since the old days, there have been just 5 antibiotics/Drugs that had any affect on Gonorrhea, and none of the 5 had little or no effect on SUPER-GONORRHEA, it was wearing a SuperMan cape now.

My Friends, you will understand more when you read my post… But, at this point I have no choice but tell you all that the above information is fake news put out by the CDC.

After publicizing the above information and more, I could not sleep that night about a year ago… So I turned on my computer, and when booted, it opened on our military blog,

My computer opened on THE DUFFEL BAG, and specifically on a blog post from 2012…
October 2012 – DRUG RESISTANT GONORRHEA – 8,000 SAILORS.

That is all of that post I will list here, but this is no joke, nor laughing matter…. It took millions of dollars to attempt to treat these HEROES of Our Country.

But the fact remains, the CDC lied.

And even now, go check their website, and read the fake news about these 2 STDs and HIV/AIDS.

The numbers are at the highest level ever, but it is much worst than this.

HIV/AIDS IS NOT/and will never be stamped out.

HIV/AIDS is at the very least 50% or even much higher than listed, and there is no stats on Children 1-13.

Also, Obama opened it up for gay men to give blood, then after that, for the last 4 or more years hospitals make patients sign a no law suit order in case they contract HIV/AIDS while hospitalized.

  • This year alone 10,000,000 young people 13 – 23 will contract one(1) or more STD or STI.
  • 35-45% of teens have Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Girls 15 -19 have highest rate of Gonorrhea and 2nd highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group.

Our Dear Mighty GOD is not asleep on the mountain….

All Forms Of Child Abuse Are Against The Law: CAPTA

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Bills banning gender affirming medical treatments for minors have been introduced in at least a dozen other states.

Montana Senate advances bills targeting transgender youth

Senator Diane Sands, so in your opinion Children have no rights.  Child Predators should have never been allowed near Children.
Robert StrongBow

HELENA, MT  –  The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance two bills targeting transgender youth despite overwhelming testimony opposing the measures.

The measures would ban gender affirming surgeries for transgender minors and ban transgender athletes from participating in school and college sports.

Both bills have already passed the Montana House.  They head next to votes by the GOP-controlled Montana Senate.

The measures passed votes by the committee along party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.

“This is one of the most hateful heinous bills this session has ever considered, and I’m ashamed of us,” Democratic Sen. Diane Sands said Thursday on the bill banning gender affirming surgeries for transgender minors.

Earlier this week, the committee heard overwhelming testimony opposing the measures from medical providers, human rights activist and students in the state.  They said the measures could harm the mental and physical health of an already vulnerable group.

Proponents of the measures said they would protect minors from undergoing irreversible surgeries they may later regret and would protect female athletes from competing against athletes with an unfair physical advantage.

“Transgender people deserve full human rights.  But there is no human right to female sport, just like there is no human right for me to participate in a junior high school wrestling team,” Republican Rep. John Fuller, who sponsored both measures, said during a hearing on Wednesday.

Bills banning transgender athletes from participating in school sports have been introduced in more than 20 states this year.  Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed such a ban last week.

In South Dakota, a similar bill was passed by Legislature.  Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has expressed support for it but has not signed the bill.  A similar ban was enacted in Idaho last year, and quickly blocked by a federal judge as a lawsuit plays out.

Bills banning gender affirming medical treatments for minors have been introduced in at least a dozen other states, but none have been signed into law.

Imagine That, I Found Some Different Numbers

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There is a war being waged for Our Children, and they desperately need your help.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis,
and HIV/AIDS are out of control,
and then some…

Emerging Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea: What’s New and What Now?
March 06, 2017

A decade ago, there was still only five treatment options for gonorrhea, and even then, they had to try one, then another, and another before finding one that worked. On this day in 2017, CDC finally admitted what many of us already knew, gonorrhea was now wearing a SuperGonorrhea cape, and not 1 of the 5 known treatments had any effect on this STD.

STOP THE PRESSES!  STOP THE PRESSES!!!!

The above information isn’t completely correct….

Navy’s Outbreak of Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Traced to Single Bar Hog

October 2012
8,000 sailors with super gonorrhea and over $3 million in medical expenses.

Syphilis Call To Action-2017-04, a pdf from the CDC

Adolescents are disproportionately affected by STIs and STDs.  Young people ages 15 to 24 represent 25 percent of the sexually active population, but acquire half of all new STIs and STDs.

  • This year alone, 10,000,000 young people, 13 years-of-age to 23, will contract one (1) or more STI or STD.
  • 35 percent of teens ages 14 to 19 have Human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group.

Chlamydia is a result of homosexual sex.  Chlamydia isn’t the most dangerous sexually transmitted disease, but it is the most common in the U.S.  However, Chlamydia can do serious, lasting damage to a woman’s reproductive system, in addition to potentially causing fatal complications to a fetus during pregnancy.

Gonorrhea is particularly concerning for disease specialists due to the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of Gonorrhea, and continues to climb at an alarming rate.

Syphilis is already higher than anytime in the last 30 years, and continues to climb at an alarming rate.

Syphilis in pregnancy is the second leading cause of stillbirth globally, and also results in prematurity, low birthweight, neonatal death, and infections in newborns.

First, it must be said that HIV/AIDS stats are possibly as much as 50% or even higher, due to the fact that it is unknown how many cases go unreported, and there is no list compiled for Children newborn to 13 – 15 years-of-age.

HIV remains a leading cause of death worldwide and the leading cause of death globally among women of reproductive age.

Misguided beliefs about the disease, and sexual violence have contributed to these high rates.  Women under the age of 40 including pregnant women are most affected.

Apparently, our government is operating in a plethora of sexual promiscuity and unsafe practices (but we already knew that).  The data shows Washington DC also has the highest rate of gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV patients in the country.

However, our Dear Allies, the UK, seems content to be doing their best to keeping step with Our Dear Law Makers, and, by the way, Our Climate Change Brow Beaters in NATO, France, would just love to loudly protest their standing, although, as is their way of doing things, I’m pretty sure it would be well after the chance of doing something a bit easier to change things, as was the “Hitler entering The Rhineland Armed” fiasco.

Russia doesn’t seem to be wrapping up before hitting the sheets either, as it’s in the top five European countries for seven out of the eight diseases studied.

It’s probably because they’re not Putin any effort into progressing the federation’s conservative base.

RESOURCES:
https://www.cdc.gov

https://www.ncsl.org/
https://www.alarms.org/std-statistics/
https://www.kff.org/global-health-policy/fact-sheet/the-global-hivaids-epidemic/
https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/countries-with-the-highest-rates-of-hiv-aids.html

Your Child Needs You – Pt 6

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Your Child Needs YOU, BEFORE It Is Too Late.

2016 STD Surveillance Report: STDs Tighten Grip on Nation’s Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Department of Health & Human Services

This year’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, 2016, released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marks the third year of overall increasing rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

While STDs can impact anyone, the new report underscores how disparities are deepening for the hardest-hit and most vulnerable groups:

  • Youth aged 15-24 continue to make up most reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, and are now experiencing syphilis increases.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection.  Data from the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) also suggest gonorrhea rates have increased among MSM for five years.
  • Pregnant women are experiencing some of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs with the continued surge of congenital syphilis (CS) – where cases rise to numbers unseen since 1998.

The good news is that we can interrupt the steady climb in STD rates.  Doing so means that we must fully commit to doing what works AND to better understanding the changing face of the epidemic, as well as the real-world challenges that can stand in the way of preventing STDs.

Bringing the growing STD burden to a halt requires action by many. For example:

  • Here at CDC, we’ll continue monitoring national STD trends and for antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea; providing the most up-to-date screening, treatment, and other prevention services guidance; and funding health departments to help support their work to prevent STDs.
  • Health departments can continue to monitor and analyze their local STD burden; identify and link people with STDs and their partners to treatment and care; and disseminate up-to-date disease trends and clinical preventative resources to healthcare providers.
  • Providers can take routine sexual histories, as well as test, rapidly diagnose, and treat patients and partners as CDC recommends.

Together, we can make a difference, but it will take all of us – CDC, health departments, healthcare providers, community organizations, and individuals.

Louisiana is working to be that difference.  Their health officials are confronting, head on, some of the highest STD rates in the country.

By tackling their burden on multiple fronts, Louisiana is gaining ground in spite of an uphill battle.  For example, with syphilis, they’ve increased testing and reduced time to treatment in public health clinics.

In 2016, the number of CS cases decreased for the first time in five years.  With expanded extragenital gonorrhea and chlamydia testing, they also diagnosed 165 cases that would have otherwise been missed.

These budding achievements are a strong reminder to us all that good prevention remains in reach.  Reversing our growing STD burden will take a lot of work, and it won’t happen overnight, but it is worth it.

At the end of the day, STD prevention is about more than stopping a single disease, it’s about safeguarding our quality of life.  I know it. You know it.  Let’s make sure that other people know it, too.

Here are some resources especially for you, as well as prevention materials you can share in your community:

CDC’s 2016 STD Surveillance Report website to find the report any related resources

A NEW infographic that you can adapt and use in your state

Sample Social media and social media ready graphics

Learn how to add CDC pages to your website

Fact Sheets about STDs

Posters, stickers, and other free STD prevention campaign materials

CDC’s STD website

Join the online conversation using #STDreport, and spread the word by retweeting @CDCSTD and sharing posts from the CDC STD Facebook page!

Sincerely,

Gail Bolan, M.D. Director, Division of STD Prevention National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention