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McDonald Speaks at Private Reception

Marie and Patty

Grand Rapids Right to Life sponsored a private reception with Becky McDonald, founder of Women at Risk International.  The W.A.R. on Women event took place at War Chest Boutique in Wyoming on Thursday, June 22.

McDonald spoke to a sold-out crowd about the inspiration for her organization, which is represented in all 50 states and in 51 countries and addresses issues such as female circumcision, rape, honor killings, acid attacks, AIDS, and human trafficking.

As the daughter of a missionary doctor, Becky McDonald spent her childhood in the jungles of Bangladesh. At the age of 14, her Bengali playmate was found wounded, raped, and unable to speak due to the acid used to silence her cries.

This incident prompted McDonald to spend her life rescuing at-risk women and children and lifting them to lives of dignity and worth. Locally, she runs a training program to teach women from West Michigan jewelry making, sewing, and barista skills so that they can work and find healing from their past.

During her talk, McDonald shared stories of intervening on behalf of women and children in need, both locally and internationally.  She explained some of the signs of human trafficking and admitted that often girls are sold for sex by other girls.  At one point, McDonald also mentioned the high rate of forced abortions trafficked women sometimes experience.

Patricia Korte, Chairman of the Board for Grand Rapids Right to Life, spoke to the crowd about the agencies in Grand Rapids that help women through an unplanned pregnancy and about the laws that have been passed to protect women from being coerced into having an abortion.

Following the program, attendees were able to shop the War Chest Boutique, which sells items made by women rescued from human trafficking.

Photos from The W.A.R. on Women event may be viewed on the Grand Rapids Right to Life Flickr page.