“Girls Like Us” Author Rachel Lloyd to Speak on Campus Nov. 15

Rachel Lloyd

Friday, October 05, 2012

Wilmington, N.C. - Rachel Lloyd, the author of Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in Kenan Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and can be obtained at the Kenan Box Office. A book signing will follow a question and answer session.

Lloyd is the executive director and founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), a groundbreaking non-profit program that helps girls and young women, ages 12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. In her book she tells of her own ordeal as a sexually exploited girl and shares stories from her tireless work with other subjugated girls, drawing much-needed attention to the largely misunderstood epidemic of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S.

Lloyd has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and a master's degree in applied urban anthropology from the City College of New York. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Reebok Human Rights Award.

The event is sponsored by the UNCW Women's Studies and Resource Center and is made possible by a gift from Dr. Todd William McCune.

For more information, contact the UNCW Women's Studies and Resource Center at 910-962-7870 or the Kenan Box Office at 910-962-3500.

Media contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, 910-962-7631, weavera@uncw.edu.