Mercy Ministries’ promotional videos

This piece by Mercy Survivor Chelsea was originally published on her personal blog, The Pink Propaganda, and can be viewed here.

Why are Mercy Ministries videos all so triggering towards the problems of girls that they are supposed to help?

I realize they are trying to invoke enough pity on sponsors to get more money, but where do they draw the line?

Their most recent video comes with this line (this will trigger sexual abuse victims).

“I spent the first five years of my life being happy and good until I was five years old and I had the first sexual experience with my uncle. By the time I was eight my uncle began to pay me for any sexual activity”.

They do know the majority of people watching these videos are the girls with the problems themselves who are looking into the program?

I remember the first video I saw, which has since gone off the market, was one with a Brooke Fraser song and a girl bending over a toilet and purging. Then another girl overdosing on a bottle of pills and that video was innocent compared to recent videos.

Some of them show girls being sold into sexual slavery, and doing drugs. Their 2009 video depicts a girl close up with cuts on her arms, and a woman walking towards a truck trying to commit suicide.

Some of the comments under the video from girls include

“That girls arms- wow a little worse than mine :/ but mines everywhere so ah well.”

“My problems seem so small compared to theirs….”

What is the deal? This is not okay.

Written By Chelsea