I’m not even sure what to say or how to begin. I’ve gone from shock, to anger and horror, to having an uncontrollable urge to vomit as I watch the depravity of the human soul on full display. I’ve seen some things in the last 2 years that I’ve been working with Stripped Free. Things I wish I could erase from my mind. I’ve seen the demoralization and degradation of human beings. I’ve seen souls shattered and beaten down over and over again. I’ve seen a twisted and horrifying version of a “savior complex” that has left me shaking my head in disbelief. I’ve seen the depths people will go to in order to try to erase past pain and humiliation only to experience deeper levels of shame than they ever anticipated. I’ve seen the worth of a soul reduced to a dollar in some of the darkest environments imaginable. But I’ve never seen anything quite like this………
The Bunny Ranch Brothel Kicks Off $$$ Million Dollar “America’s Next Top Virgin!” Competition. I’m speechless. The bottom line, 20 year-old Katherine Stone had tragedy strike her family. Their uninsured home burned down in a fire and she was forced to leave school and get a job to help support her parents and two younger sisters who are currently living in the rubble of their former house. She has now become the first woman to enter this contest for a million dollars to help her family. You can find out more about the details of this contest on-line. It is truly unimaginable.
A Word to Katherine Stone:
Katherine, I want you to know something. You are a beautiful young woman who has been created in the image of God. He formed you in your mother’s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. I have no idea if you believe there is a God or not. Let me assure you there is and He is crazy in love with you. What you are about to take part in will do incomprehensible damage to your heart and soul. You will emerge from this competition as a shell of your former self. It’s obvious you have a huge heart and deep love for your family and it’s an admirable thing to want to do anything you can to help them. There is another way. I promise you God has another way! I watched the video of your first interview. From some of the articles I’ve read it appears up until this point you have never even kissed a man before. In your video you looked very innocent and also terrified. You are saying all the right things, but I can see the fear in your eyes. I know you have already had to experience things in these first few days that have probably been traumatic for you, but it’s not too late to turn back. It’s never too late. You will lose so much more than just your virginity in this contest. Whether you can see it now or not, this is the turning point in your life. This will lead you down roads you were never meant to walk. This will lead you to things you were never meant to do. This will change the trajectory of your life in an unimaginably horrific way. Please get off this path now. There is another way to help provide for your family. There are good people out there who can help and there is a God who has all the answers and who is Himself the ultimate answer for you. I can promise you that. Know this: you are loved and you matter and you are worth so much more than this.
A Word to Brothel Owner Dennis Hof:
Dennis, I’ve read articles that talk about how “generous” you are with “the crippled, the poor and the orphaned.” I’m not even sure where to begin. Maybe I should begin by talking about what it means to be a real man. A real man doesn’t see dollar signs when he looks at a woman. A real man would never dream of exploiting the innocence of a pure heart as some kind of financial stunt for shock value. A real man would never be responsible for doing irreparable damage to a woman’s soul by putting a price tag on her or her virginity. Whatever work you have done with the crippled, poor and orphaned is all just a front for you to soothe a guilty conscience. A deeply guilty and shame-filled conscience.
Let me tell you what a real man looks like because I see them all the time. I have been blessed to have wonderful Godly men cross my path who have shown the love of God in tangible ways to women who are leaving the adult entertainment industry.
The gentleman that I just sat across from who donated a car for a single mom leaving the industry, who thanked me for giving him this opportunity to help impact a life. That’s a real man.
The mechanic who fixes busted up old cars and keeps them running for moms who can’t afford car repairs. That’s a real man.
The doctor who donates his services and sits with a woman helping her with medical and emotional issues for the first time in her life. That’s a real man.
The employer who realizes he has a job opening that might be a good fit for someone needing a fresh start and does whatever he can to make that job a reality. That’s a real man.
The professional who teaches a woman how to deal with a resume that includes nothing but industry jobs and begins to replace fear and shame with hope and healing by pointing out positive job skills that can be used in other places of employment. That’s a real man.
The husband who loves his wife well in front of a woman leaving the industry showing her for the first time that there are good men out there and she is worthy of one. That’s a real man.
Dennis, I pray for you. I pray for your soul. I pray you will turn away from this path and begin to see and value women’s lives. There are certain things that are true whether we choose to believe them or not. There is a God. That is the truth. He is crazy in love with you just like He loves Katherine. You are loved, you matter and you are worth it. Get the help you so desperately need. No one is ever too far gone that God can’t reach them. And please cancel this contest and give Katherine the money she needs to help her family. You are a wealthy man. You want to do something good? Give with no strings attached. Be an example that others can follow. It’s never too late to do the right thing.
Good job, Kim! Well said.
That was really a great article. Thank you!
Thanks for reading it!
So well said. Prayers that the hearts and minds are opened to you words.
Thank you, Nancy!
My wife, Rebecca, & I met you & Brian in 1990 @ the GA of the Church of God in Indiana. We were thrilled by your witness for the Lord, your singing, & the sweet, humble spirit you both had.
We’ve purchased several of your CDS in the years since, & we’ve tried to follow your lives as you’ve served Christ. But this blog is 1 of the most godly & powerful things I’ve ever read.
And please let Katherine know we love her & are praying for her & her family. In fact, tell her that they can move in with us for as long as it takes them to get back on their feet. I’m recovering from heart surgery, but we have a 4-bedroom home & if we can help, we’d love to. We live in Georgetown, KY, just off I-75.
Blessings to you & Brian & to Katherine & her family & we’re praying for Dennis, too.
Thanks so much for your comment and kind words! 1990 was a long time ago! 🙂 You are so kind to offer your home to Katherine. I have sent her the blog and if I should get a response, I’ll let you know. Thank you again for your kind and generous response. You are a beautiful example of the Church being the Church!
Very well said!!
Thank you so much for reading!