Over the past few days, I’ve been listening to an amazing, sad, funny and ultimately uplifting set of podcasts that originated on Kevin Smith’s Smodcast network. I’m a fan of Smith’s movies and listen to a few of the podcasts on a weekly basis. His Sminterview (Smodcast Interview for those who aren’t hip and in the know), with Jamie Walton, which I listened too in the natural course of things, is an absolute must listen. For anyone, even if you’ve never heard of Kevin Smith. Even if you don’t like Kevin Smith.
Jamie has made an incredible journey, from a child who suffered numerous abuses, including childhood prostitution to a really extraordinarily well adjusted adult human being, who also heads up the Wayne Foundation with Kevin Smith. The Wayne Foundation is dedicated to eradicating child slavery.
This project is important. Every time I think of a young girl having to go through anything like what Jamie went through, it reenforces just how important.
In their own words:
The Wayne Foundation’s vision is for a world without child slavery. Our mission is to provide young women who have fallen victim to commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking with a means of leaving the sex industry for good. The Wayne Foundation is committed to fighting human trafficking, child prostitution, & child sex exploitation one victim at a time by providing individuals with a safe home environment that will empower them with the tools they will need to stop the cycle of abuse. It is our intent to end commercial sex exploitation within the United States through direct victim assistance, public outreach, and by directly working with those who shape the policies and statutes which impact victims and their abusers.
We believe that all victims can be rehabilitated through a program that provides education assistance, mental and physical health services, housing, and a support staff who are dedicated to assisting these girls reach their full potential. It is our objective to aid these young women until they are capable of reentering society on their own as happy and healthy adults.
You can head over to the site and donate, grab a T-shirt, say hello to Jamie on Twitter and just as important, help spread the word. They’re just getting started on this project and can use as much publicity as they can get. Plus, if you’ve got a buck, I can’t think of a better place to spend it. If you still need one more reason, check out the thinly veiled Batman references in the image. Batman rocks.