Hart of Dixie Star Wilson Bethel Saves Innocence

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner


The annual Saving Innocence Gala is this Thursday night, Dec. 5. in Los Angeles, CA, and is hosted by Hollywood stars Kellan Lutz and Keke Palmer.  Saving Innocence is an organization dedicated to preventing, rescuing, and restoring victims of sexual exploitation. Kim Biddle, the Founder, has made groundbreaking moves by getting in the trenches in a quest to end this form of modern-day slavery. Saving Innocence focuses on the victims who are sex trafficked by providing 24-hr emergency crisis response to survivors in Los Angeles County, alongside law enforcement and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Wilson Bethel, star of the hit CW show Hart of Dixie, will be presenting awards along with Mistresses Rochelle Aytes. Wilson took some time to share with the community about his bad boy role in the show, and why he has chosen to get involved with Saving Innocence.

On Hart of Dixie, you play the resident bad boy Wade Kinsella. What have you learned about being a good guy from playing the bad boy?

I guess one thing I’ve always admired about Ol’ Wade is his desire to better himself.  He has screwed up more than a few times, but I’ve found that people are pretty willing to give a guy a second chance. And I think that speaks well to the virtue of striving toward improvement… That’s a good guy trait, right?

Part of the mantra on goodguyswag is a good guy gets involved in making a difference in his community. What are some non-profits you’ve been involved with?  
To be honest, I haven’t done too much charity work in the past. Giving to various organizations has always been an important part of my life, but I have tended to avoid actually getting into the more nitty-gritty stuff, which I believe is important. I hope that through my work with Saving Innocence I can cultivate a more hands-on relationship with the charities I support.
What compelled you to get involved with Saving Innocence?   

I remember getting really worked up after seeing a documentary called “Born into Brothels” a number of years ago. I couldn’t believe this stuff was happening. Later, I worked on a movie (albeit one I wouldn’t recommend watching), also set in India, which focused on human trafficking. We ended up shooting in some of the actual brothels that trade in these young girls… and it was just horrific. So when a friend approached me about Saving Innocence, it seemed like a no-brainer. 

The scope of this problem is massive and hardly limited to remote corners of the globe. When I discovered that young girls’ lives are being destroyed right here in LA and Orange County, I felt compelled to get involved.

If you had a young guy ask you what are three things he could do to be a better man, what would you tell him?

Stay true to yourself. Stay true to your word. And floss.

Good wisdom from a good guy.

300,000 children are bought and sold in the US every year, and thousands of those are in LA and OC County. More children are brought in surrounding sporting and porn events to meet the demand of buyers. They are sold on streets, hotels, strip club back rooms, movie and entertainment sets.

If you are interested in attending the gala and meeting Wilson this Thursday, tickets can be purchased here.

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