A word from our founder, Taylor Stafford:
“I first heard about Cyntoia’s story in 2018 and it quickly consumed my heart. The mistreatment, abuse, and despair that surrounded this case and Cyntoia’s life was something I would never forget. I remember not believing that something like this could happen in our country. However, countless hours of digging up answers to my questions, proved that this can and frequently does happen in our country.
Cyntoia’s story is what made me fall in love with anti-trafficking advocacy and to that I owe her my world. Her strength and resiliency continue to remind me that restoration is possible.
I hope from the bottom of my heart that Cyntoia prospers in this life and that not one of her dreams is left behind.”
Go watch Cyntoia’s documentary on Netflix today! Keep in mind that this story is tragic and we encourage anyone who watches it to ensure that they are in a stable mental state when doing so.
Keep learning and changing the world everybody!
My name is Taylor Stafford and I am the founder of the Women Against Taboo Foundation. Although our members have been active in the Black Lives Matter community and protests, we would like to make a formal statement on the matter. Our organization was solely founded to help create positive change and acceptance in our communities. Our platform relies primarily on the ability to create a safe environment to learn, grow, and change for the benefit of ourselves or others around us. Our issues may heavily focus on sexual wholeness, mental health, and women empowerment but we understand that black rights and issues are included in all of these topics.
The Women Against Taboo Foundation stands with, supports, and will continue to actively fight for black lives in our community, our country, and the world. We will continue to challenge people to have uncomfortable conversations about race, privilege, and racism just as we challenge our community to discuss topics about sex. We understand and have always understood that there are conversations that our society avoids, pushes down, and looks the other way to. It is our mission to bring these issues to the surface in order to promote mental wellbeing and to decrease shame and guilt that this suppression brings.
We challenge each and every one of you to not pick a side but to pick humanity. No matter what side you find yourself on, remember that a life is a life. No one deserves to die. No one deserves maltreatment. No one deserves to be abused. Most importantly, everyone deserves a chance at life. Everyone. We are here to help make that happen.
Taylor and The Women Against Taboo Foundation
What can you do today?
Educate yourself on the history of the black community in this country. Black Against Empire by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. is a fantastic book and is a great place to start.
Listen to your black friends, neighbors, and allies. Hear their stories.
Show up to protests and community meetings. Many of us have been wondering what to believe and what not to believe on the media today. Stop wondering and see for yourself.
We highly recommend listening to this podcast on sexual abuse imagery brought to you by The Daily. What are massive tech companies doing or not doing to protect our exploited children on the internet? And, is our privacy really more important than that of abused children? Hope you enjoy the podcast!
Today, vulnerable children will be exploited, abused, and tortured as they are forced to have sex with countless men. They have no where to hide and no one to protect them. I feel very sad and helpless today as the fate of these children are in the hands of law enforcement and the sex demand (purchasing sex)! The biggest thing I can do today is educate and help spread awareness. I hope you find these tips helpful as we reduce suffering together!
1. Remember that sex is a natural human need. Please do not feel ashamed to have sexual thoughts and desires. It’s normal! We all have them. Embrace them! Reducing shame allows us to explore our desires and often leads to more consensual forms of sex.
2. Remember that trafficking victims are disguised as prostitutes and the amount of money they bring to their pimp determines how little or how much they will be beaten today. Because of this control, they will do whatever it takes to convince you that they want to have sex with you. They don’t.
3. Remember that we cannot take behaviors away, we have to replace them. If you have the urge to have sex today, do not refrain from seeking arousal, get it in other ways. Swipe on a good ole dating app, booty call your favorite fuck buddy, and if you can’t find anyone to have consensual sex with... remember that porn and your hand can be your best friend 😉
4. Remind your friends that exploiting children isn’t cool. Encourage them to seek sex in other ways as well.
Fun fact! Females have the ability to orgasm in three different ways. The three ways include clitoral orgasms, g-spot orgasms, and cervical orgasms.
Contrary to what is frequently seen in pornography, squirting is actually fairly uncommon and most females will not "squirt" in their lifetimes.
!PARENTS PARENTS PARENTS!
Such a great Ted Talk about how to REALLY educate your children about sex!! "Drawing on her professional experience, Meghan Fagundes explains why perpetuating stereotypes about juvenile sex offenders has the potential to create more victims. Additionally, she shares what the families of juvenile sex offenders have taught her about how we can all help to raise healthy young men."
I often get many questions about why I care to help sex offenders just as much as I wish to help their victims. I believe that empathy and openness lead to proper treatment which leads to healthier minds for both the victims and their offenders. - Taylor
Here is a mother of an underaged sex trafficking victim in Washington State. She also tells her story on the Netflix original documentary called “I am Jane Doe”. She states some very important information in this YouTube video that we must address and change in our society.
1.) First responders need to be trained on recognizing sex trafficking victims.
Women Against Taboo is currently in the process of putting together a training program, not only for first responders but professionals in many different kinds of fields who may come in contact with these victims. The idea is that once these trainings are established, we hope to see an increase in reported victims and a reduction in the average time victims remain in the sex trade industry.
2.) Backpage.com has currently been hiding under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. However, since this ted talk has been released, Congress has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. The top members of backpage.com were arrested in April of 2018 and will be going to trial in 2020. We need to make sure this law is being enforced properly and the people of our nation stand up for these victims. Every voice matters.
3.) In this video, the mother states how they tried their best to make a normal life for her daughter when she came back home after running away the first time. Unfortunately, when teens and children run away and experience emotional, physical, and sexual abuse we must bring in professional help. Women Against Taboo will also be working on treatment plans for victims and parents who go through experiences like this. We hope to prevent other runaway situations with the victim as well as mental health disorders that follow these type of abuses, ex: PTSD, complex PTSD, personality disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, anxiety, and more.