Facility: Help A Child, Inc.
Becky is a 12-year-old dynamic young woman who has demonstrated her strength and resiliency in many ways. Becky began receiving counseling services with us late last year. She amazed me from the minute I met her and learned of the challenges she had faced and were continuing to face. This past year, Becky demonstrated extreme courage and disclosed that she had been sexually abused by her basketball coach, who was also her best friend’s father No legal charges were brought against the perpetrator of the sexual violence but a restraining order was granted. Becky attends a private school where she has to see the perpetrator’s wife and daughter on an almost daily basis. Her relationship with her best friend has suffered as she is not able to talk with her about the sexual abuse, nor can she spend time with her outside of school. Becky also has to avoid the school parking lot on days when the perpetrator picks up his daughter. Becky and her mother have worked hard to ensure that her teacher’s and school administrators are aware of what she has faced in hopes of increasing Becky’s support system.
Despite all of this, Becky continues to exceed in school and recently advocated to have a well-liked teacher hired as the new basketball coach so that both Becky and the other students could feel safe and enjoy their favorite sport together. Becky expresses an interest in sharing her story in hopes of either preventing others from being sexually abused or giving other survivors the courage to tell someone about their abuse. Becky’s courage, determination and strength demonstrate what it means to be a HERO.