Merryn, a nationally recognized speaker of childhood sexual abuse and an Illinois native, was the guest speaker for the fundraising event at the Grand Haven Community Center. She told of how the live-in uncle of a close childhood friend had molested her for the first time while she was at her friend’s house for a sleepover.
Her friend’s uncle walked into the girl’s bedroom while the girls were sleeping and shut the door. He went down to the floor where Merryn was sleeping and began rubbing her back. She woke up and started asking questions.
“I knew it was wrong, but I couldn’t put into words what happened,” she said. “I was praying for morning to come so my mom could pick me up to go home.”
Ottawa County CAC Executive Director Darcy Komejan said Merryn’s message is a difficult story to listen to, but it is critical in today’s society.
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