Rape survivor Nancy Anderson — who has spent 20 years with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, monitoring sex offenders — had a message of hope for other victims of crime Wednesday.
“You can get through it,” Anderson said at a candlelight vigil to honor crime victims in Nevada County, as well as increase awareness and prevent crime. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Anderson said she was assaulted as a young woman, and kept it from her parents.
She then discovered she was pregnant, she said, and had a therapeutic abortion.
“All I can say is, I’m a survivor,” Anderson said. “Through the love and caring of my family, I was able to get through a very, very sad time in my life.”
The vigil was organized by the Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Program, the Nevada County District Attorney and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
District Attorney Cliff Newell spoke, as did DVSAC Executive Director Gayle Guest-Brown.
Crime victim advocate Loletta Hadel spoke first, highlighting the “courage, perseverance, strength and even optimism of those whose lives have been forever changed by crime.”
Hadel noted this year’s theme for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was restoring the balance of justice, and said victims’ rights have been expanded in the last several decades, particularly with the passage of Marsy’s Law in 2008, which gave California crime victims state constitutional rights. The vigil concluded as those in attendance took lighted candles and marched through downtown Grass Valley.
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