COVINGTON — 4Sarah is seeking to broaden its impact on the lives of young women looking to escape from the adult entertainment industry by establishing a scholarship fund.
Its founder, Covington resident Kasey McClure, said many of the victims of commercial sexual exploitation have no job skills, are high school dropouts and can’t afford to pay for child care to attend school.
The allure is the money that is offered them, much more than their skills would allow them to make in other jobs. And, when they seek to leave, often there are those who stand in their way or even abuse them as the women are seen only as a profitable commodity.
Increasing educational opportunities is key to helping the women establish a new life.
“Each year thousands of women and girls become involved in the sex trade either as a sex trafficking victim, prostitute, porn star, escort or stripper,” McClure said. “4Sarah desires to empower change by offering scholarships to women and girls who want to exit this lifestyle and learn new job skills, continue their education or enroll in college to earn a degree.”
4Sarah partners with other community organizations to offer assistance to these women and their children ranging from transitional housing to financial assistance and even rescuing them from threats of physical harm.
“When we first started 4Sarah there were only four or five organizations doing this type of work, reaching out to girls who are in this life. Now there are 150 organizations,” she said. “Our goal is to provide scholarships nationally, as well as in Georgia.”
A golf tournament fundraiser to support what will be the first scholarship program for sex trafficking victims is set for Monday, July 22, at Ashton Hills Golf Club at 10300 Bypass Road in Covington.
“Our goal is to raise $10,000 for our scholarship fund. We’re already halfway there with $5,000. Last year our golf tournament raised $9,000, so we’re hopeful we’ll reach our goal,” McClure said.
McClure will be celebrating 10 years since she made the transition out of the sex industry.
“The $10,000 is $1,000 for every year I’ve been out of the life,” she said, noting several examples of rescued women who had turned their lives around with educational opportunities and learning new job skills, including her own sister.
“She had been in the business for 23 years and just got out of the industry. Now she’s doing taxes for an accounting firm,” she said.
The organization is asking golfers to sign up to participate in the tournament that will begin at 1 p.m. Lunch is included. Early entry fees (received by July 12) are $70 per player. Law enforcement officers can register for $55, and a four-person team is $260.
4Sarah is looking for sponsors to include $1,000 Birdie Sponsors, $500 Par Sponsors, $250 Lunch Sponsors, $125 Hole Sponsors, and those willing to donate prizes to be used for golf prizes and door prizes. Each sponsorship includes business/family name recognition and golf registration.
People who cannot participate in the golf tournament can make tax deductible donations of any amount to 4Sarah either by mail at P.O. Box 82685, Conyers, GA 30013 or by going to at www.4Sarah.net.
For more information or to register, go to www.Sarah.net, email 4sarahInc@bellsouth.net or call 770-362-8808.