Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself
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 comm...more
Lloyd’s book chronicles not only her experience as a se trafficking victim, but more importantly, the work she does with GEMS helping girls overcome their abuse and find ...more
Do not read this book if you are faint of heart. This book will make you want to cry, to tear your hair out in rage, to raise a fist to the hundreds of politicians sitting in cozy offices, ignoring the plea of these commercially sexually exploited girls. Because when you are a 15 year-old African-American runaway from the bad end of town, you aren't a "prostitute". If that girl were a pretty white girl in a middle- or upper-class home in a white neighborhood, you can sure as bet yo ...more
I was pleasantly surprised. It was fabulous. Ms. Lloyd is to be commended, not only for writing a wonderful book on a topic that many Americans don't think about (the American sex slave, child prostitute), but for opening up her own life for as a lens to use for looki ...more
"At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd ...more
Tell me you love me as you wipe the blood from my eye.
Tell me why the only one who can wipe away my tears
Is the only one who's the source of all my fears."
Young girls who aren't loved or protected by their parents can often be successfully groomed by pimps. These girls yearn to be taken care of and loved. They are often prosecuted as prostitutes but according to the author they are "commercial sexually exploited teens". Rachel Lloyd knows of what she ...more
The author even flashes back in p ...more
Then I read Girls Like Us. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself The author, Rachel Lloyd, Rachel Lloyd founded the non-profit GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) to help girls who have been victimized ...more
The following are just a few things that made me scream:
Those of us that watch Law & Order:SVU have grown to love Ice-T. At least I like his character. We know ...more
I found I ...more
1) Our society has decided that children under 18 can't consent to sex. They cannot therefore be criminals for participating in the sex industry, even if they "consent."(Rachel Lloyd calls them "commercially sexually exploited children.") To my knowledge, only three states prohibit such children from being prosecuted from prostitution (NY, CT and IL). These states assume that "prostitutes" under age 18 are not consenting and therefore cannot be cha ...more
It takes a great deal of effort for me to step out of my reading comfort zone and pick up something that I know to be challenging either in content or perspective. Girls LIke Us accomplished both of those goals. This book is many things - memoir, essay, social commentary - all bound in a remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking, yet redemptive package.
Author Rachel Lloyd takes real stories, those we hide from, yet know to be true, and s ...more
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this book. I didn't think it would be bad, but I thought it would be a mildly interesting memoir ab ...more
Lloyd infuriates and motivates a need to destroy ...more
Moreover, this book is *barely* a memoir/autobiography, which is what I thought I was getting. Statistic after statistic... Not saying that's an awful thing, just not what I signed up for. Stopped at 80% done.
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For girls who have experienced incest, sexual abuse, or rape, the boundaries between love, sex, and pain become blurred. Secrets are normal, and shame is a constant.”
I cry for hour at home and have fitful nights of little sleep. My nightmares resurface as my own pain is repeated to me, magnified a thousand times. It feels insurmountable. How can you save everyone? How can you rescue them? How do you get over your pain? How do you ever feel normal?”