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Last year, 11-year-old Breann had an experience she thought was nothing more than a dream -- until it happened, again. Her grandfather had sexually abused her. Although Breann's greatest fear was telling her parents what happened, she found the strength and courage to do so. Because of this, she's helped protect her younger sisters from possibly being abused, as well.
Today, Breann wants nothing more than to share her story with other children, in hopes that it will encourage them to speak up against their abuser(s). In order to do this, Breann has written an essay titled "My Greatest Fear."
"My greatest fear happened last year, in 2012, over Spring Break. We went to Michigan to visit my grandparents. While we were there, on Saturday night, my grandfather sexually assaulted me. On Sunday, while my grandfather was giving a speech in church, I was wondering if what happened to me was a dream. I found out later, that it was real when it happened a second time on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, my mom came and sat down next to me. I told her, 'I think someone touched me inappropriately.' My dad confronted my grandfather, and my grandfather confessed and said he did sexually assault me. We left immediately because of what happened. My father told me, 'Breann, you're my hero. If you hadn't told us what had happened, it could've happened to Brooklyn or Morgan or Alexis. You saved your sisters.' I told my dad, 'You're my hero, too.' My greatest fear was telling my parents about what happened, but when I did, it wasn't so bad. It wasn't so bad because, at first I was scared to tell my parents but I felt I needed to trust my parents and tell someone so they could help me. It was my greatest fear because I didn't want to get my grandfather in trouble, but I knew that he needed to be held responsible for his actions. I hope this encourages other children to tell your parents or an adult they trust about something that happened, no matter how bad the situation may be."
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