“CAUTION some content may be offensive.” Well, Ka’ek’e’s interview from St Paul, Minnesota, is exactly why I have that disclaimer on InvisiblePeople.tv. She flat out tells us what life is like on the streets for a young woman.
The disclaimer ends with the sentence “our hope is you’ll get mad enough to do something”. I am sure Ka’ek’e will offend you in some way. I even hope you get really upset at her candid, graphic description of what life has become. Just to survive she has to sleep with strange men. It’s the better option than freezing outside. Ka’ek’e is pregnant, and because of “survival sex” she does not know who the baby’s daddy is. I sure hope that gets you crazy mad.
Before you judge Ka’ek’e as being an awful mother know that she is just one of many young girls having babies on the streets. It’s a vicious cycle for many. They don’t know any better, and many don’t have the choices we take for granted. Sex with strangers and taking drugs to forget the pain is the only way to survive.
I wish you could see what I see. I see a hurting, young woman who is screaming for help. She is living the life that her family’s social-economic background gave to her. Most of these young adults come from families who were also homeless, or very close to homeless.
Offended yet? Mad enough to do something? I can’t stop earthquakes. I cannot stop hurricanes. I cannot end drug abuse and domestic violence. I sure wish I could fix the economy. Thing is, with a strong family we can get through every crisis that comes at us. We need to fix family. If we worked on fixing family, and for me it was the community of Alcoholics Anonymous that saved my life, we could stop the insane, vicious cycle and prevent other young adults from going through the same madness Ka’ek’e lives everyday.
So now that you’re offended I pray you will take real actions to help hurting young adults in your community.
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