‘One with Courage’ aimed to stop child sex abuse

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – It is a campaign based on courage from survivors of child sex abuse.

The media campaign called “One With Courage,” kicked off Tuesday. It’s an attempt to stop the cycle of sexual abuse.

Several video vignettes are found in the website sponsored by the Attorney General’s office and the state’s Child and Family Services.

“My abuse started when I was eight and continued until I was eleven,” said Preston Jensen who is featured in the public service announcement.

According to the campaign one in four girls will be sexually abused and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

“The abuser was my best friend’s friend, a boy scout master,” said a male survivor on the PSA.

Those who are part of the campaign are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters from different neighborhoods in Utah. Now they all have something in common.

“But what I didn’t know I’d be is an advocate for children like me, a survivor of sex abuse,” said Desiree Brown who is also in the PSA campaign.

Their stories of surviving child sex abuse will air publicly in hopes of reaching those without a voice.
John Walker is a retired professor of physiology from the University of Utah and a survivor.

“That’s one of the reasons I speak out publicly,” said Walker. “People who have been abused need to disclose and get help.”

A former Miss Utah grew up wanting to be a princess. But on Ciera Pecarcik’s journey to being crowned she was sexually abused as a child. She’s now an advocate.
“This is my message: I want a child at home to say that’s a princess and I’m going through this and she went through this, I can do anything and be anything I want to be,’” Pecarcik said.

Two members of the classical piano group “5-Browns” were sexually abused by their father who is now in prison.
Part of their message in the campaign is to show one’s past doesn’t define one’s future.

“Yes there are consequences that we will battle for the rest of our lives but it doesn’t have to determine your happiness for the rest of your life,” said Deondra Brown.

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