I can only speculate as to the true weight of that one word on the accused as he sat motionless in the court room.

To my young friend, who was a “victim-witness” in the human trafficking case, that same word carried a lot of weight, as well.  It meant that a person with real power and authority believed her voice was as important as any other –that her life was as important as any other. It meant that he had listened carefully to all she had said on the stand. It also meant that any weight that might have remained, in the wake of the trial, was now forever lifted from her shoulders.

Monica HugBefore heading off to his chambers, the judge quickly scanned our group. We were nine of the men and women that had walked in support of our young friend during the court process. But when he found her, he stopped. His look softened, and began to give way to a smile. There was no question that he had been impacted by her strength and character; we all had been. And, just maybe, it was a good and encouraging day for him, as well.


Watch CTV coverage of the first day in court and our interview on 100 Huntley Street.

To learn more about MET’s Vulnerable Witness Program:  john.cassells@gmail.com

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4 thoughts on “G-U-I-L-T-Y

  1. I’m so excited about this! Thank You Lord for starting something that will bring much change for the safety of the vulnerable and releasing those in bondage in Jesus’ name!

  2. I am so thankful she had so much support. I’m glad he was found guilty . My heart breaks for her for what she went through, but now it’s healing knowing he is off the street. Thank you everyone who stood by her side.

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