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Elderly sexual assault survivor becomes activist to help others

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ST. GEORGE (News4Utah) – A sexual assault survivor wants to give back.

As Carla Brooks explains it: She joined #MeToo at 79-years-old after she was attacked in her own home, but shows us it’s never too late to become an activist.

“Why it happened to me … I don’t know,” said Brooks.

Brooks, a retired school teacher, and doting grandmother donated $5,000 to the St. George Police Department on Tuesday.

“Because it happened to me, and It’ll happen to someone else too, but I hope this can help you,”  Brooks said as she handed Officers the check.

“She has risen above her whole incident and created it into something people can look up to,” said Detective Josh Wilson who is investigating Brooks’ case. 

On April 17th, Brooks woke up to an intruder in her home, stroking her hair. 

“I just remember turning my head a little and asked: ‘Why are you here?’ And that’s about all I got out … and then he shoved a cloth in my mouth, and banged my head against the headboard, and shoved it down on the mattress in my nightstand, and banged it again,” said Brooks.

The man sexually assaulted her.  Since the attack, Brooks said she wants to help other survivors.

She’s donated $5,000 dollars to the Dove Center, a shelter for women in Southern Utah, as well as Children’s Justice Center in St. George.

She says she felt dirty after her attack, but wants other survivors to know it’s not their fault.

“That would be my hope if I have a chance to talk to someone else, or if they come to me. I would tell them: Don’t feel ashamed,” said Brooks.

Brooks’ case is ongoing and no arrests have been made. 

Brooks is continuing to raise money to help organizations that help survivors of sexual assault. She plans to give $5,000 to the national organization End The Backlog which helps fund rape kit testing.  You can visit her GoFundme page to contribute or learn more. 

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