Woman Shares Story of Daughter's Sexual Assault as a Warning for All Moms (VIDEO)

Mom's video about daughter's assaultGrowing up, our parents constantly teach us the more obvious signs of stranger danger. Parents eventually get in the habit of making children aware of the dangers and comfortable enough to confide in them if something (heaven forbid) was to ever to happen. But what about danger from people they know? Catherine St. Germain's Facebook video account of her ex-husband sexually assaulting her teenage daughter really hit home with its jarring details. No one wants to consider the possibility of something so awful and tragic before they absolutely have to -- but sadly this reminds us that it can happen.

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In the video, which now has over 500,000,000 views, St. Germain shares her emotional story of dealing with her child's sexual assault, after finding out it was her own husband who preyed on her child. 

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Of all the ways that a mother can deal with finding out her child has been victimized, this reaction was seemingly perfect: She didn't abandon or hesitate to believe her daughter; instead, she embraced her truth and immediately kicked this guy (her daughter's stepdad) out of their home.

She went on to help her daughter fight this, and he later went on to serve some bullsh*t time -- his sentence was only 90 days despite the DNA coming back a match. Just speaking out against the abuse and warning other single mothers before the abuser has the chance to prey on others is so helpful. It's the reason that it's important to speak up and to encourage other women to do so. In fact, in the video, one of her cards reads, "Silence and secrecy are how predators get away with their crime." Couldn't agree more. 

But, in the end, she reminds us that you can't always identify a predator -- sometimes it's the people closest to you and they're charming, intelligent, and loving. You may have to do a little digging, and that's why Catherine reminds all mothers to inform themselves as much as humanly possible -- find out how pedophiles choose and groom their victims, know the statistics, and check out the National Sex Offender Registry before trusting a man (or woman) with your child.

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It's upsetting that we must take these measures, but we may find that this brings far more peace of mind than always wondering. 

There's not much that you can do to control the actions of others, but these are the things that you as a parent can do to protect your child. And, with it being National Sexual Assault Awareness month, now is a great time to start a conversation. 

 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault, you can find help and support at the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1 800 656 HOPE (4673) or Safe Horizon Crime Victims Hotline 1 866 689 HELP (4357).

 

Image via Catherine St. Germain / Facebook

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