By: Jessica Reints, Fierce Freedom Neillsville Volunteer
Fierce Freedom of Neillsville is happy to announce its official launch! We are comprised of a small group of amazing people, with a variety of skills and knowledge. Many of us have worked in the mental health, medical, or corrections fields as well as having worked closely with youth victims of sex trafficking in residential treatment facilities.
While some of us were working at a treatment facility in Clark County, we received intense training about sex trafficking which completely opened our eyes to what a problem this issue is in our state. We knew that we couldn’t keep quiet with this information and had to educate our friends and families about it. We then got in contact with Jenny and Jodi from Fierce Freedom in Altoona and hit it off. Without these wonderful ladies, we would not be where we are today. They have supported and encouraged us in our efforts, and have recently given us the opportunity to become Fierce Freedom of Neillsville.
Fierce Freedom of Neillsville has been working hard the last few months educating community members about what sex trafficking really is and spreading awareness wherever we go. We offer presentations, literature, community events, and a toolbox full of other resources. In a short amount of time we have already done employee training and presentations for our Personal Development Center who works with victims of domestic violence, an educational presentation for a youth group’s confirmation class in Stratford, an interview with a local non-profit Dylan’s Den, attended the Tattoos for Triumph event in Stevens Point, did an educational presentation in partnership with Fierce Freedom at Lutheran Social Services in Eau Claire and attended events with Fierce Freedom like the #Notinmytown Super Bowl Rally to continue the fight against this issue. Fierce Freedom of Neillsville is continuing to reach out to possible clients in Clark, Jackson, Wood, Eau Claire and LaCrosse Counties. Our group is passionate about this cause! We are striving to broaden our knowledge and educate as many people as possible.
If you’d like more information about Fierce Freedom of Neillsville, you can contact us at fiercefreedom.org or on our Facebook page Fierce Freedom of Neillsville.