Elaine’s Story

My name is Elaine C. and I am a survivor of child molestation. I am 43 yrs old and only came forward a little over 8 yrs ago. I came forward only after police came to my home to tell me that the man I once called dad was accused and arrested twice for molesting children in his own neighborhood. State Attorneys couldn’t build a case because the children’s testimonies had changed a bit from when the crime was first reported. I avoided the police for about two weeks, my first thought was ‘these kids will be fine, I was molested for 10 yrs and I’m fine.’ I knew that was the wrong thought but at the time it seemed like the only safe response for me. I did finally come forward and share with the police that I was molested from the age of 7 to 17. I never told a sole because I was threatened each time that it would be horrible for my mother or brother if anyone were to ever find out. As I got older I understood what those threats really meant. If I gave him a hard time the night before he would take it out on my mother by hitting or punching her.

Fast forwarding I had to work with police by doing two controlled calls (police tape the calls) on the tape he admitted to molesting me.

We went to trial and I was finally released from my nightmare, he is now living a nightmare in prison for 25 years to life.

I now speak in open forums and in schools grades 6 – 12. In the two years I have been volunteering my time in the schools I have shared my story with over 7000 kids and 42 kids have come forward to share they to are living this horrible life. This is 42 I know about, in my heart I know more kids have come forward to others they trust.

I also wrote a book about my experience, it was a great form of therapy, but also a great tool for others either going through this or fear they know someone going through it. The book is titled “Stolen Innocence-The True Life Terror I Experienced as a Child.”

My hope is for other victims of this crime will realize they are not alone, there are so many resources out there…and they will believe you!!!

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