The Annual Saving Innocence Gala is this week and like many Galas, it’s going to be a glamorous, star-studded affair. But there is something different about this one that stands out from the rest. Kim Biddle, the Founder has made groundbreaking moves by getting in the trenches in the quest to end sex slavery. There are amazing benefits to fundraising organizations, but Saving Innocence focuses on the thousands of victims who are sex trafficked in our own city by providing 24-hr emergency crisis response to survivors in Los Angeles County, alongside law enforcement and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Rochelle Aytes who stars in Mistresses, on ABC will walk the red carpet on Thursday night as an advocate for saving victims of modern day slavery. She took some time to share her heart with the She is More community on why it’s so meaningful to her.
In your show Mistresses, your character April is nervous to date. Sex trafficking sometimes begins with a girl going on a date. What advice would you give to young girls about being wise in dating?
It is so important to trust your instincts. Always meet at a public place until you become comfortable with the person and, like my mom always tells me, make sure you carry your own money in case you need to make a quick getaway.
Your show has quite the racy title, Mistresses, have you received any negative push-back because of that?
Actually I personally haven’t, but I did hear about a few ultra conservative people getting upset and thought we were going to glamorize having an affair. But the truth is we don’t at all, and although my character was the only one that didn’t have an affair last season, the show really dealt with the aftermath and tragedy that affairs cause. The writers really tried and I believe succeeded in showing the devastation that comes with such behavior. However, like most nighttime dramas, love triangles and the drama that ensues seem to be what people want to watch.
What attracts you to supporting Saving Innocence when there are so many worthy causes that you have the opportunity to bring awareness to as a celebrity?
That’s a really good question because I do get invited to become a part of many charities. Every year I try to mix it up as there are a lot of people, places and causes that need saving, but I chose Saving Innocence because it actually helps underage girls right here in Los Angeles where I live. There are a lot of Charities that focus on other countries, and those are great, but there’s something about helping out the girls that live in my own city that makes it more real to me.
What is your involvement with Saving Innocence?
I’ve donated and attended a few of their events, but this is the first year I’m involved in their big Gala. I’ll be presenting awards with Wilson Bethel to men and women who are actually hands on and making a difference in our local community.
Why is it important to you that our society is educated on the prevalence of sex trafficking?
Educating society on the prevalence of sex trafficking is important to me (and hopefully everyone) because its one of the most cruel, and awful form of slavery currently still exists today. Taking away a child’s right to simply being a child and forced and brainwashed into heinous sexual acts is heart breaking. I believe if more people were aware that this happens in our own backyard, and not just overseas or third world countries, the faster we can put an end to this.
If there was one message you could tell the world, what would it be? Why?
Put God first in your life. People may sometimes fail you, but HE never will.
3 Fun Facts About You!
I love to dance
My favorite film is Purple Rain, I love Prince!
I love playing tricks on my friends.
What is your favorite red-carpet look? Will you be rockin’ it on December 5th?
A sleek sexy Red Dress! Red is my favorite color. I don’t know what I’ll be rockin yet 😉
300,000 american born children are bought and sold in the US every year. Thousands of those are in LA and OC County due to our population, borders, poverty, diversity and entertainment industry. More children are brought in surrounding sporting and porn events to meet the demand of buyers. They are sold on streets, hotels, strip club back rooms, movie and entertainment sets.
To save a young girl’s life, you’re invited to attend the Gala too. Tickets can be purchased at www.savinginnocence.org/gala.
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