Moms Fight Back: The story of sexual abuse that started this movement
posted by: Guest Blogger
In a world full of abuse, neglect and bullying, there are countless scars. The memories that these scars hold either break us down or inspire us to fight back. I for one, believe in challenging the predators that haunt us and the systems that fail us. Today, I share with you the story of what my daughter went through and the realizations that pushed me to start Moms Fight Back.
There have been many challenging events in my life that have influenced me to become the person I am today. The loss of my first husband, a five-year custody battle over my daughter with my drug and alcohol abusing second husband, and the debilitating government regulations for small businesses are just a few of them.
But the real reason I started this organization dates back to my daughter’s senior year of high school. My daughter, a sweet, beautiful girl who was a model student, was sexually assaulted by a boy she had known since 8th grade. With the physical bruises and scars to prove her story, the District Attorney (D.A.) told us they would not take on our case because they weren’t sure they could win due to the involvement of alcohol. Never mind the fact that 70% of sexual assaults involving teenagers involve alcohol. The popular, well-liked football player was never brought to trial – even though he admitted what he had done in a text message.
To see my daughter endure the sexual assault and then to be treated so poorly by the local Sheriff and D.A. left me enraged. How could I encourage my daughter when the very people we turned to for help left us questioning how safe she or anyone else really is? I couldn’t stop wondering who is looking out for our kids. I came to the conclusion that it sure as heck isn’t the government, the politicians, the schools or the local law enforcement. I realized that it is just us, mamas.
I started Moms Fight Back because of my love for my daughter and my exasperation with the ineffective systems that are supposed to protect us. Rallying for the support of moms around the world, my goal is to encourage, educate and empower moms to stand up for their children. We may not be soldiers on the front lines, but we are soldiers nonetheless, fighting for our children’s lives; fighting to keep our kids healthy, sane, happy and safe.
My goal with Moms Fight Back is to build a community of moms who want to challenge the status quo. I firmly believe by sharing our personal stories we will touch and strengthen the hearts of others. I want people to talk about what is going on in our schools, in our communities and in our families. We must recognize the importance of protecting, educating and empowering our children through strong examples and high ideals. Mamas, I believe with all my heart we are the agents of change needed today.
Moms Fight Back is an online community of moms coming together to tackle the issues only a mom is brave enough to take on! Moms all over the country are invited to participate in productive, effective discussions around understanding and solving the social problems our children face. Moms Fight Back offers moms the tools, resources, and support they need to create change in our communities, schools, homes, and country. The site offers a blog, podcast, a place for moms to share their stories, discussion forums, a directory of resources, and more!