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Healing from sexual abuse: Heartland Ranch uses horses to help girls exploited in sex trafficking heal

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20130131_012913heartland01_33.jpg [Photo by Jennifer Simonson for MPR]

This morning as I was driving to work I heard a wonderful story by Sasha Aslanian on MPR about the Heartland Girl's Ranch. Heartland began as a group home for adolescent girls with behavioral issues and found over the years that more and more of the girls referred to them had a history of being exploited for sex trafficking.

Part of the therapeutic programming at Heartland Girl's Ranch includes equine therapy. Girls are matched with horses that they care for on a daily basis. They also have opportunities to learn how to ride and to participate in horse shows.

You can hear the story through the link below, or read the full story and listen on the MPR website.

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