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Sex-trafficking survivor helping others find their freedom

'It’s important that more people’s eyes are opened to the horrific crimes happening around them,' says You're Loved founder ahead of Saturday's launch event
Sarah Dillon is the founder of You're Loved and a survivor of sex trafficking.

Sarah Dillon wants fellow victims of sex trafficking to know that they, too, are loved.

Dillon, founder of You’re Loved, which is a project that encourages survivors’ of sex trafficking and abuse to find freedom, is hosting a launch event on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Barrie’s Bethel Community Church from 1 to 3 p.m. The church is located at 128 St. Vincent St.

“I became an anti-sex-trafficking advocate and started my business You’re Loved because I’m a survivor of sex trafficking myself and it hurts me deeply knowing that others are still being abused and sold everyday.” Dillon told BarrieToday.

Dillon says she strongly believes that education and awareness are the keys to changing this ongoing crisis. 

During the two-hour event, Dillon says attendees will hear first-hand experiences of a survivor of sex trafficking, as well as how to recognize signs of abuse and sex trafficking in their own community.

“People can expect to hear my lived experience as a survivor and what I’m doing to assist survivors in a personal way. They will also be hearing about the severity of sex trafficking in our community from two human-trafficking police officers and a nurse practitioner,” added Dillon.

Attendees will also discover how they can assist and encourage survivors’ in finding their freedom. 

“This launch day is important for people to attend because sex trafficking is such a huge crisis and, sadly, most people don’t know it’s happening right in our neighbourhood,” she said.

“It’s important that more people’s eyes are opened to the horrific crimes happening around them and that they know how to help stop the crisis," Dillon added. "We also need to be ready to assist a survivor when they are reaching out for help.”

For more information about You’re Loved, or the event, click here.