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PEARL Earns Strong Support From Chilliwack Politicians – The Chilliwack Progress

Joan Goosen and Tamara Brown have been working together to make PEARL Life Renewal Society a reality in Chilliwack. They are almost at their benchmark goal of $70,000. — Image Credit: Jessica Peters/ The Progress

Joan Goosen and Tamara Brown are creating a new agency aimed at suporting the estimated 400 to 800 women and girls in Chilliwack experiencing sexual exploitation. — Image Credit: Jessica Peters/ The Progress

by Jessica Peters – Chilliwack Progress
Chilliwack posted Nov 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM (original article )

A new society that aims to help sexually exploited women in Chilliwack received full support from elected officials over the weekend, at their first fundraiser.

PEARL Life Renewal Society was created by clinical counsellor Joan Goosen, with the help of Tamara Brown. Together they are hoping to create an open doorway for women who are being trafficked, living on the streets, or otherwise sexually exploited. They plan to offer those women support and services, along with hope for their future.

MP Mark Strahl was among the guests for the fundraiser, and he gave special recognition about the new society on Monday while in the House of Commons.

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“A hand – and hope – offered to Chilliwack’s sexually exploited girls” – The Chilliwack Progress

Joan Goosen and Tamara Brown are creating a new agency aimed at suporting the estimated 400 to 800 women and girls in Chilliwack experiencing sexual exploitation. — Image Credit: Jessica Peters/ The Progress

Joan Goosen and Tamara Brown are creating a new agency aimed at suporting the estimated 400 to 800 women and girls in Chilliwack experiencing sexual exploitation. — Image Credit: Jessica Peters/ The Progress

by Jessica Peters – Chilliwack Progress
Chilliwack posted Oct 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM (original article )

There are about 80 known women and girls being openly sexually exploited in Chilliwack.

It’s a big number, but one that pales in comparison to that of the unknown. Some estimate the real number could be as high as 400 to 800, just locally.

But it’s hard to know for sure, says Joan Goosen, head of a new ministry beginning in Chilliwack. That’s because typically only 15 per cent of this type of activity is conducted on the streets.

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