2013-03-09 16:51:43 - A call for unheard voices so that violence against girls and women can end.
Because the UN estimates that 1 in 3 women will be beaten, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime and the average age of commercial sexual exploitation in the US is estimated to be between the ages of 12-14, Peter Buffett is launching his most powerful song yet titled “Silence Broken” during the week of International Women’s Day.
Buffett’s lyrical content paints a sincere, thought-provoking picture of innocence stolen. His words lend a voice to those who want to tell a story of on-going sexual abuse and the internal emotional turmoil they experience; people who want to step out of the shadow of sexual abuse and are in need of a supportive hand that is free of judgment.
“When did someone say to you the words that make life break in two?”
The inspiration for the song came from Buffett’s personal experience of visiting GEMS, an organization that serves girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. While there he was moved when reading statements written by the young women in written on index cards throughout the room. It was even more powerful when he saw the ages written below each event.
“You know when your life was stolen. Who could know it would fall so far?”
You can listen to “Silence Broken” by visiting: www.peterbuffett.com/silencebroken
and read Peter’s essay on the topic on Huffington Post Impact.
Visit www.gems-girls.org to learn how you can get involved.
ABOUT PETER BUFFETT
Peter Buffett is an Emmy Award-winning musician, author and philanthropist. As Co-chair of the NoVo Foundation with his wife, Jennifer, he has become a well-known activist for social concerns. Socially conscious music collaborations by Buffett include “Blood Into Gold,” featuring Grammy-nominated artist Akon and “A Song for Everyone” featuring Grammy-winning artist, Angelique Kidjo. Buffett is currently performing his “Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett” series around the world to support his New York Times best-selling book, Life Is What You Make It (Random House/Harmony Books). The book has sold over a half million copies worldwide and has been translated in over fifteen languages. Peter recently created a forum at ChangeOurStory.com to encourage his fans to evoke thought and conversation revolving around the idea that changing our fearful perspective on past experiences will allow us to choose what happens in our future. Through sharing his stories, personal thoughts, music, and more, Peter hopes to evoke conversation and ultimately inspire change. You can learn more about Peter at www.peterbuffett.com and more about “Change Our Story” at www.changeourstory.com.
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.