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Survivor’s Stories

All identifying details (e.g. age, name, photo, relationships, etc.) have been changed for the safety and privacy of survivors, unless the survivor requested otherwise. If you would like to share your story, please contact Marley at marley@voicescarrycac.org or 970-407-9739.

  • “Julia” is a sweet young girl who has tried her best to survive in a home where survival was easy for a child. Growing up with two parents who were addicted to methamphetamine, Julia experienced extreme neglect beginning at a young age. Child protection brought......

  • A teenage girl named “Harmony” came to Voices Carry for a forensic interview after disclosing about sexual abuse perpetrated by her older brother. While the abuse had been happening for years, Harmony’s story only began to surface after a teacher suspected abuse. Some people in her...

  • A sweet 5-year-old girl named “Erin” visited Voices Carry for suspicion of abuse perpetrated by her single mother. Erin came to Voices Carry for her interview with extensive bruising and burn marks throughout her body. During the interview, we learned that the burn on her side came from a pan......

  • By Chiara Soth, Advocacy Intern Matt is a sweet 11-year-old boy who had the behavior and speech of a 7-year-old. Because this was one of my first experiences with a child victim of abuse, I assumed that he had a cognitive disability. However, after discussing his......

  • Sometimes when a child visits Voices Carry for a forensic interview, he/she may not disclose the abuse experienced for a variety of reasons. “Aiden,” a shy 7-year-old boy with a big heart and love for dinosaurs, was afraid to tell his story about the abuse......

  • Often, domestic violence occurs in the home at the same time as child abuse. When one parent is the abuser and the other parent is being abused, the children are left with no protection and are vulnerable to significant amounts of abuse. The home is supposed......

  • Sarah was a 13-year-old girl who had experienced extreme amounts of abuse and neglect from the adults in her life. She was born to a mother who struggled with drug abuse. Sarah’s mother began dating a man when she was about 11-years-old, and he moved......

  • By Melissa Van Kooten, MSW Intern. A family that is close to my heart came through the Child Advocacy, and I had the privilege of being their family advocate. The foster mother, Simone, brought her foster son, Jacob, into the CAC where he disclosed a profound amount......

  • By Dr. Deb Crawford, Board Member. “Abigail” is a sweet 10-year-old girl who began exhibiting concerning behavior changes at home.  She finally disclosed to her mother that a family member had been sexually abusing her and threatening her if she told anyone. Abigail is cognitively......

  • By Liz Boeck, Safety Smarts Instructor/Marketing Coordinator. School-based prevention instructors meet with children on a regular basis for up to six weeks. We often build connections and rapport with the students. For some, this connection can be life changing, as in the case of a 7-year-old boy......

  • I was told that no one should ever have to have a family member go through sexual assault even once in their lives. My family has endured that scenario not once, but twice. Eleven years ago, my youngest daughter, at the time 4-years-old, was assaulted......

  • By Mary Beth Swanson, Executive Director. I met “Jessica” when she was 21, and pregnant with her second child.  She was addicted to methamphetamines.  Her older child, a 2 year old daughter, had already been placed in foster care, and Jessica was fighting as hard......