Instead of feeling safer when she reported the sexual assault, 24-year old Nicole felt alone and misunderstood. Every law enforcement interview forced her to relive the trauma over and over again, with each retelling causing triggers and flashbacks.
Your support ensured that a caring advocate was trained and ready to help Nicole through this grueling process. Thanks to you, Nicole was able to transform her trauma into strength, something positive she can now use to help others.
Nicole was scared at first to talk to her advocate. She didn’t know what to expect or how to handle her feelings and emotions. She worried about the upcoming trial; having to testify in court and relive the trauma all over again.
Her advocate walked Nicole step-by-step through the legal process and helped her feel safe and supported as the trial approached. Nicole found comfort in being surrounded by people who understood sexual assault. “I always knew I could ask my advocate anything and they would respond quickly and this brought me great comfort,” she says.
On the day of the sentencing, Nicole felt powerful, resilient, confident, and strong. “She was brave, clear, accurate and powerful reading her victim impact statement and taking her confidence back from him,” says her advocate.
“This experience took me down another path and showed me a world I did not know existed and helped me to find the strength to follow my dreams,” says Nicole. “I have a wonderful life now that I am proud of and have worked very hard to heal from this trauma.”
“I just want to let everyone know how much a program like this can save someone like me,” says Nicole.
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