Ex-stripper shares message of hope

Jaime Hindman wants to rescue strippers from the horrifying abuse she also suffered

Jaime Hindman
These women “are valued, worthy, cherished and beautifully made”, says Jaime Hindman

Rape, sexual assault and drug addictions followed Jaime Hindman's decision to work as a nightclub stripper before an unconditional love radically altered the course of her life.

Jaime took up stripping at age 19 as her way of seeking love in the wake of her parent's divorce.

Just a child when her parents split up, Jaime says that her wounded and emotionally distant mother developed a "devastating personality disorder" and began telling lies about her father.

"I was lead to believe my dad was a selfish deadbeat, who did not care that his children feared being without food and shelter," Jaime shares.

These lies, she says, "ultimately led me to feel so badly about myself that I started to self-destruct."

"My life began to spiral out of control once I entered this very dark world. I was raped and sexually assaulted multiple times. I chose abusive boyfriends. All the money I made in that industry was spent on either drugs to survive or given away because I felt the money was dirty and I didn't deserve it."

Jaime stayed in the industry for three years "feeling hopeless, numb and wanting to die". That was until God came into that strip club and changed her life.

Jaime does not reveal how God intervened, but says she put her trust in Jesus Christ, after she learned that He died so her sins could be forgiven.

"Thankfully," she shares, "today I know I have a God that loves me so much that He would come down [from heaven] and rescue me from myself.

"He [Jesus Christ] taught me how to love myself because He loved me."

Not everything was healed instantly though, as she admits: "I lived in shame of [my former lifestyle], for 10 years, and it still destroyed me, because I had no one to talk to about it, and I felt like people would be disgusted by who and what I was in the past."

Through her church and Christian friends, who she calls her spiritual family, Jaime says she was shown "the healthy love I desired so much growing up", which enabled her to heal.

The memories of her childhood have also been healed.

"God has allowed me to see the truth with my parents," she shares. "He has helped me to better understand the stories about my dad that were actually just lies from a wounded ex-wife."

Because she knows Jesus Christ, Jaime says she knows "unconditional love and an endless amount of hope".

Now Jaime says she is going back to the strip clubs to bring "hope, love, and encouragement to the women who are still lost and hurting in that dark world" and to show these women that "they are valued, worthy, cherished and beautifully made".

Jaime hopes they will know "the amazing freedom that only God can bring".

"As He heals all of the pain and despair I have experienced, He teaches me that all the pain in my life will never be wasted, and He will use it for good to help others," she adds.

One of her favourite verses is 2 Corinthians 5, verse 17: "Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

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