Victim Impact Statement
St. Clair County Courthouse
Wed, July 10th, 6pm
Court Ordered Offender Program
Domestic Violence or Abuse Charges
Survivor/Author/Advocate/Founder: Butterfly Dreams Abuse Recovery
Patricia ‘Trish’ McKnight – ‘My Justice’
Recently I was given an opportunity, which most Survivors like myself, have not had a chance or as of yet been given the honor;
I gave a Victim Impact Statement!!
Now, don’t get confused, it was not given for my specific offenders, but it made a huge impact on the Offenders and hopefully St. Clair County, Illinois; Prosecuting Attorney, Liz Nelson. The Legal Advocacy Dept, VPCSWI.org, Lisa Chilton Director and Ms. Tina Kempworth, Director of Counseling @VPCSWI are the ones to thank for this tremendous event.
The statement given, other than a few little changes due to the direction of the presentation itself, can be viewed through this link – http://www.butterflydreamsabuserecovery.com/patricia_and_speaking.html
Giving this speech was an intense feeling of #FREEDOM!! I was there, in the very same courthouse, which would have given me justice and protection back then. I stood there in front of the Prosecuting Attorney, Legal Advocacy Dept, Offenders, and Survivors: ‘I am here as once a victim, but today a VICTOR!!
If you are not aware, my life was filled with one vicious attack after another for thirty two years beginning at age 5 when my mother gave me as property to the devil himself!!!
‘Why did everyone around me, all who new me;
Why didn’t someone help me?
All we can say is ‘Society itself let me down’. An entire community turned away from what they witnessed, took part in, or turned away from; but we didn’t have enforcement of the system we do today. We cannot loose the momentum that is pushing forward to stop these heinous crimes today. We must all demand that our lawmakers, politicians who have the authority to enforce stricter punishments and speak publicly against these actions will hopefully do so starting today!!!
No one should know this intense fear, especially within their very own homes!!!
I, along with millions of others like me, ask all in society: ‘Please help end the torture, molestations, rape, captivity, and terror that has grown within our families, our relationships; inside our homes. Help be a SAFE person for another. Please learn the Silent Signs to spot a victim in need.
Step up and Make It Count!!
Read the TRUTH about our millions of reports submitted for crimes of Child Maltreatment. Sadly, most have them have been dismissed without even an investigation. This should never happen. We have silenced 2.3 Million Child Victims by disregarding the reports and ignoring the deep personal violation of that child. How is it possible for us to do this today?
Our homes should provide us with SAFETY from the dangerous elements of the world, instead they have become a daily nightmare of vicious attacks by those who are supposed to love us, guide us, comfort us.
Thankfully we are part of the new generation, the VERY FIRST GENERATION to finally break the silence enforced throughout our forming years. We are Generation No More; speaking the truth of mankind’s most darkest evils.
Stop the torture within our homes!!
Learn how to rise above their actions,
Heal yourself to become the magic you are,
Become a stronger parent who can guide while teaching respect, love, and kindness.
One at a time we are breaking down the walls of silence!!
Patricia ‘Trish’ McKnight
Author/Advocate/Speaker/Talk Radio Prod & Host/Survivor
Founder: Butterfly Dreams Abuse Recovery
Speaking/Writing/Special Interviews on our Talk Radio Programs!!!