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Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

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A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape "the life"

At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself caught up in a world of pain and abuse, struggling to survive as a child with no responsible adults to support her. Vulnerable yet tough, she eventually ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. It took time and incredible resilience, but ?nally, with the help of a local church community, she broke free of her pimp and her past.

Three years later, Lloyd arrived in the United States to work with adult women in the sex industry and soon founded her own nonprofit—GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services—to meet the needs of other girls with her history. She also earned her GED and won full scholarships to college and a graduate program. Today Lloyd is executive director of GEMS in New York City and has turned it into one of the nation's most groundbreaking nonprofit organizations.

In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark, secretive world of her past in stunning cinematic detail. And, with great humanity, she lovingly shares the stories of the girls whose lives she has helped—small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.

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"Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of 'those' women—you will only see little girls that are girls just like us." —Demi Moore, actress and activist 

With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyds riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York Citys Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyds unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

About the Author

Rachel Lloyd is the founder and executive director of GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. The recipient of numerous fellowships and honors, including the prestigious Reebok Human Rights Award, Lloyd was a leading advocate for the Safe Harbor for Exploited Youth Act, which made New York the first state to protect, not prosecute, sexually exploited children. She lives in New York City.

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Johnpaul, May 2, 2011 (view all comments by Johnpaul)
Best book on Child Sexual Exploitation that I have ever read. If you have ever wondered why these "girls" don't just leave their abusive situations read this book. Rachel does a great job of putting you in their (and her very own) shoes and helps to expose how difficult leaving really can be and why we need to work to change the way these young children are viewed.
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ISBN:
9780061582059
Subtitle:
Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Lloyd, Rachel
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women political activists
Subject:
Political activists
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110405
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.97 in 15.2 oz

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » Sex Industry
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Pornography
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Sex Industry
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Violence
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself
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Product details 288 pages Harper - English 9780061582059 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of 'those' women—you will only see little girls that are girls just like us." —Demi Moore, actress and activist 

With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyds riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York Citys Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape "the life." Lloyds unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

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