DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Jenna Quinn opened her Bible Tuesday and read some of her favorite passages. She said the words have guided her through the toughest of times and given her the strength she needs to become a warrior against sex crimes.
“My faith in God is everything to me,” the Carrollton resident said. “I was abused for three years from 12 to 15 years old … someone we traveled with – spent holidays with – essentially was like a father to me.”
Quinn’s attacker was Lynn Funk, a close family friend. He’s in jail serving 20 years for sexual assault of a child.
“He took away all my innocence – all of it,” Quinn, 23, said. “It’s gone. I’ll never get another chance to be innocent.”
Quinn has even inspired legislation. Known as “Jenna’s Law,” it requires teachers, parents and students to be made aware of the signs of child sexual abuse.
Quinn is a University of North Texas student and will share her story next month as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights week in Denton.
“I’m a voice for the voiceless,” Quinn said proudly.
Christi Roberts with MADD is spearheading events for that week.
She’s worked closely with the Denton County District Attorney’s office and wants victims of all crimes to share their stories of empowerment.
“What have you done to make a difference? What have you done to turn around your tragedy or crime so that you feel empowered and you are empowering others?” Roberts asked.
For Quinn, that’s meant learning to forgive her attacker.
“I’m not going to allow it to have any kind of power over me,” she said.
Seven years later, she said she just wants to spare others her torment.
Quinn will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 12 at 1450 E. McKinney Street in Denton.
To share your story, contact Veronica Brunner with the Denton County District Attorney’s Office here.