Thanks to the perseverance and support of the GFWC Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club (Tennessee), assistance dogs like Murch, a Labrador retriever mix, are providing comfort to victims as they testify in court.
For their 2012-2014 Community Improvement Program, the club helped bring Murch to their local Child Advocacy Center. Murch, who comforted a 10-year-old child during a 2014 rape case, became the first dog in Tennessee to be allowed in a court room. The man convicted of raping the child appealed his case because of the dog’s presence.
However, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the decision, and child advocacy centers around the state are now using dogs to comfort children in court. Read more about this important decision by clicking here.
In recognition of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, GFWC Cookeville Jr. Woman’s Club donated the movie “Not My Life” to the Putnam County Library.
- According to recent International Labor Organization estimates, 55% of those who trafficked are women and girls — and up to 5.5. million are children.
- Today, children right here in the U.S. are being exploited and sometimes enslaved.
Not My Life puts human faces on these numbers and brings them to life. Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life forces us to face the reality of human trafficking through the lives of victims in the U.S. and around the world.
How many slaves work for you? Slavery Footprint’s website allows consumers to understand how their purchases may connect them. Take the site’s survey and
use their action center and mobile app to raise your voice for ethically sourced products. Visit slaveryfootprint.org.
Visit unicefusa.org/endtrafficking and notmylife.org to learn more about what UNICEF and other organizations are doing to rescue and to protect children.
For help or to report trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: email NHTRC@PolarisProject.org or call toll-free: 888-3737-888 24 hours a day/7 days a week. It is confidential; interpreters are available.
Left to right: Diane Glasgow, International Outreach Chair, GFWC Cookeville Jr. Woman’s Club (CJWC); Phil Schaller, Adult Services Librarian/Assistant Director; Cheryl Thomas, President, GFWC CJWC
Photo by Jim Thomas