The Faith Today Interview:
How a Pastor’s Wife Defends the Dig
glendyne gerrard is a
minister’s wife who went
from praying for the persecuted in the privacy
of her own home to very
publicly defending the
dignity and fighting for
the protection of Canadian girls and women who
are prostituted. Gerrard
is director of Defend Dignity ( www.defenddignity.
ca), a national ministry
that encourages churches
and individuals to fight for
the abolition of prostitution in Canada. she lives
in oakville, ont., with her
husband Douglas, who is
executive vice-president of
the Christian & Missionary
Alliance in Canada.
FT: Glendyne, for our readers who don’t know, what exactly
is Defend Dignity?
GG: We are a justice initiative of the Christian and Missionary Alliance family of churches to abolish prostitution in
Canada. We act as a catalyst for individuals and churches
to get involved in ending sexual exploitation. We build our
work around three main areas of action: awareness through
events and resources, advocacy with the federal government
for prostitution law reform and aid to churches working with
victims and municipal legislation.
FT: The word “abolition” doesn’t get used very often, out-
side of talking about slavery. I’m assuming it’s an inten-
tional choice to use that word?
GG: It’s come to take on its own meaning when you talk to
groups like us involved in the issue of human trafficking with
its most common end point of prostitution. We believe that
tackling this thing by dealing with the demand end of things
is the way to go. We believe we can end prostitution if we
end the demand for it. It’s the belief that we can put an end
to this much like Wilberforce did in England with slavery.
With modern-day slavery we can end it if we take a serious
look at demand.
FT: And when you say demand, you are referring to men
in minivans, correct?