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Rebecca Bender

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8-4-21 Human trafficking advocate and survivor Rebecca Bender

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4 Aug 2021

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25. Q&A with Rebecca Bender: Learn as You Go, but Don't Leave the Race

Best You Can B

Rebecca Bender is grit, resiliency, wisdom, and definitely a sense of humor all wrapped up in an incredible story of redemption and triumph. Relentless in her mission to help others find their purpose, she is CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative and founder of Elevate Academy, the largest online school for survivors of trafficking in the world.  In our conversation, we touched on how to stop our spiraling thoughts in their tracks, how to develop grit, why our stories all matter, and even how to go about instilling good character in the next generation.  Learn more about the Rebecca Bender Initiative, buy her book, and donate here.  Follow Rebecca on Instagram @imrebeccabender and keep up with the Best You Can B leadership podcast by following @bestyoucanb. Full show notes are available on the blog!  Until next episode,  B--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brigitta-borinstein/support


3 Aug 2021

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V: Rebecca Bender & Deshae Wise, CEO of RBI Initiative & NCAA Athlete

Heads & Tales

Mother-daughter duo Rebecca Bender and Deshae Wise share their stories of surviving nearly six years living in human trafficking. Rebecca shares with us her story of surviving human sex trafficking and how her experiences have allowed her to become an advocate, activist, and one of the foremost authorities on human sex trafficking. Rebecca has trained over 100,000 professionals, including FBI, Homeland Security, regional law enforcement, and medical personnel.  She also runs Elevate Academy, the largest online school for survivors of human trafficking. Deshae is an utter force of nature. She shares with us her journey about her personal relationship with her own identity and her unique journey to becoming a star student at Berkeley and a first-rate NCAA track athlete. 


14 Jun 2021

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Rebecca Bender: Fighting Against Human Trafficking - Green Room S2E03

Green Room

Rebecca Bender joins Will to share her story, as well as the work she does through the Rebecca Bender Initiative to fight human trafficking.Prefer video? Watch this episode here: https://youtu.be/LgAPsENLIZ4Connect with Rebecca:https://www.rebeccabender.org https://www.instagram.com/imrebeccabender https://www.facebook.com/ImRebeccaBender https://www.youtube.com/c/RebeccaBenderInitiativeStay up to date with Iris Global:https://www.facebook.com/IrisGlobalOrg https://www.instagram.com/irisglobal


3 Jun 2021

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Understanding Recruitment: A Conversation with Rebecca Bender

On The Frontlines

A powerful conversation with Dr. Rhiannon Bell, A21's Aftercare Director, and survivor leader, author, CEO & founder of Elevate Academy, Rebecca Bender - on a common tactic traffickers use to recruit victims called the Loverboy tactic.Introduction (0:00)Conversation between Rhiannon & Rebecca (6:19)Closing thoughts (1:03:20)To learn more visit A21.org/PodcastFollow us on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

1hr 5mins

19 Feb 2021

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45. Rebecca Bender spent six years as a victim of sex trafficking

All The Wiser

Rebecca Bender grew up as an all-American, small town kid skipping rocks on the river in Southern Oregon. At 18, her boyfriend convinced her to move with him to Las Vegas and the emotional abuse and physical violence began. For six years she was traded and sold between different traffickers, living in a constant state of fear for her life and the life of her young daughter. Her eventual escape and path to healing has brought her to start a non-profit to help victims of sex trafficking, train hundreds of thousands of law enforcement on tactics of traffickers, and help people everywhere see and idenitfy human trafficking occuring in their communities across the country. Episode benefitting The Rebecca Bender Initiative See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


3 Feb 2021

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S3 E1 | FREE ZEPHI: Rebecca Bender

Jesus Said Love Podcast

Rebecca Bender is the CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative and founder of Elevate Academy, the largest online school for survivors of human trafficking in the world. She is an award-winning thought leader, advocate, and consultant who equips individuals and organizations to identify and fight human trafficking in their own back yards. Rebecca has been recognized by the FBI and received multiple awards for her leadership and advocacy in the field. She testified in front of the legislature to change Oregon SB673, and regularly testifies as an expert witness in court proceedings around the nation. Rebecca has trained well over 100,000 professionals, including FBI, Homeland Security, local law enforcement, vice units and medical personnel. In 2017, Rebecca was selected as one of twenty-one representative members on the National Advisory Committee on Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. The Committee advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General on practical and general policies concerning improvements to the nation’s response to the sex trafficking of children and youth in the United States. She also served on the Department of Justice task force, the core committee to the Equality Model, the board of Exodus Cry and consults for many of our nation’s leading nonprofits. For nearly six years, Rebecca was trapped in the dark, violent world of sex trafficking. When she escaped her trafficker, she knew she wanted to fight to change culture and offer hope to survivors, so she launched Elevate Academy. In 368 locations and 10 countries, Elevate Academy provides nearly 800 survivors with professional development, mentoring, specialized curriculum, and the tools they need to thrive. A college graduate with a Master’s degree in religious studies, Rebecca works on the front lines as a sought-after speaker, social influencer, consultant, and podcaster. Her memoir, “In Pursuit of Love” was published by Zondervan in January 2020. She currently lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and four daughters, plus some chickens, dogs and bees.

1hr 3mins

26 Jan 2021

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Truth Talk: Commons Myths Debunked - Human Trafficking with Rebecca Bender

What's The Truth

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, so in this episode, I’m welcoming back author, survivor, and award-winning, nationally recognized expert on the subject Rebecca Bender to debunk three common myths about human trafficking – that most trafficked children are kidnapped and kept as prisoners, that trafficking requires a sex act, and that women are choosing to sell their bodies and stay with abusers. She also offers several resources to help educate and help you get involved in the fight against human trafficking. Full show notes for this episode can be found at jessicahottle.com! Resources: Truth Talk Series: How You Can Help Fight Against Human Trafficking Chosen – The True Story of America’s Trafficked Teens Elevate Academy Instagram Equality Model Walking Prey: How America's Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison SystemFollow Rebecca: Website | Instagram | facebook Follow Jessica: website | instagram | freebies


11 Jan 2021

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Rebecca Bender’s Personal Experience with Human Trafficking

Do Your Crap

In this episode, Micah talks to Rebecca Bender about her tragic story on she entered human trafficking, her personal stories, and how being concerned isn’t enough. Human trafficking is a big issue to be aware of and Rebecca teaches listeners how to do their homework to get more involved.


17 Aug 2020

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JOE S3E38: Interview with Rebecca Bender

Jesus Over Everything

What a powerful episode of JOE today. Addiction and trafficking survivor, mom, wife, and author of new book In Pursuit of Love: One Woman's Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant, Rebecca Bender joins Lisa today on JOE. The show is rich in helping us personally, as well as the church corporately, learn how to help lift up, mentor, and love survivors. Don't miss it. Links: In Pursuit of Love Book Instagram Learn more about Lisa at LisaWhittle.com Produced by Unmutable™


12 May 2020