Trafficking Survivor Jennifer Clinger Releases First Book

By H&W on 10th Jan 2019

Beginning at an early age, Jennifer Clinger experienced years of abuse, addiction, exploitation and trauma. Trafficking eventually led her from her birthplace in Ohio, to truck stops across the country, and finally to the streets of Nashville, Tennessee. Today Clinger is adding a new title to her resume: Author.

Jennifer Clinger’s memoir, “Delivered: The Fragmented Memories of a Former Streetwalker,” shares her abuse in the world of sex trafficking, to the healing she found in the community of Nashville, as well as through Thistle Farms, a community for women survivors of prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

“The process of writing this was surprising,” says Clinger. “I wrote ‘Delivered’ so people could see the homeless-streetwalker with different eyes. While writing I realized I saw myself the way others did, and I needed to see the woman, or man, on the street with new eyes. Today, I see myself in a new and beautiful light.”

Billed as, “A Special Evening of Stories and Song,” the evening will include the author reading excerpts from her book, as well as a musical performance from Nashville-based alternative folk-pop duo, The Bittersweets. The acclaimed Americana recording artists will perform original music from three studio albums.

The event will take place at Hutton Hotel’s ANALOG venue (1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203) on January 24, 2019, 7:30 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/2zXPVfG. “Delivered” will be available for purchase at the event.

Ticket proceeds from the event will benefit Thistle Farms.


Jennifer Clinger:
Jennifer Clinger was born to a large family in Dayton, Ohio. After experiencing trauma at at early age, she left home in her teen years, only to be become the victim of sex trafficking. Jennifer moved to Nashville, TN in 2010, entered the Thistle Farms residential program and graduated in 2012. Today she is Community Engagement Coordinator for the organization, serves as a survivor leader. Jennifer writes, speaks and offers hope to survivors wherever she can.

 

Bittersweets:
Alt-folk duo The Bittersweets (Hannah and Chris Meyers) originally formed in San Francisco, CA in 2005 but made the move to Nashville in ’07. Over the years they have opened for artists such as The Cowboy Junkies, Train, Cake, Rosanne Cash, Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris. They have released two full-length studio albums with a third album set to be released in 2019 via Compass Records (Nashville, TN). More info: thebittersweets.com.

 

Thistle Farms:
Thistle Farms’ mission is to offer women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction space and time to heal. This is accomplished by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence through employment at their social enterprises, and a strong community of advocates and partners. More info: thistlefarms.org.

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