UNT Student Open And Honest About Sexual Abuse

By Jay Gormley, CBS 11 News

DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s a difficult story to tell, but Jenna Quinn of Carrollton says it needs to be told.

“There’s a lot of power in sharing your story because the human plight is never an island unto itself,” she said.

The 24-year-old spoke at a reception in Denton Tuesday, honoring victims of crime who have persevered through terrible circumstances. It’s common practice among journalists to withhold the identities of sexual abuse victims, but Quinn wants her story told.

Before her speech, Quinn sat down with CBS 11 to explain why she remains open about her life-changing ordeal.

“I was so outraged by what had happened. I wanted everybody to know,” said Quinn.

The University of North Texas grad student was sexually abused at age 12 by a close family friend. The abuse lasted three years. Her attacker got 20 years in prison.  Quinn is the first to admit that sharing her story is not always easy.

“I have my hard days. But in every case, it’s always worth it, because I’m willing to share and be open and i know that I’m not the only one and that’s what comforts me.”

Quinn said she’ll continue to go public with her story because she believes she’s making an impact.

“I have had many people tell me that I gave them the courage to say something after years and years of holding secrets in.”

Quinn’s speech is part of Denton County’s Crime Victim’s Rights Week.

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  • Vance

    So was she sexually abused by Governor Perry?? I found the picture kinda odd posted under the headline.

    • Daddy-O

      @ Vance – try reading the story instead of just looking a a picture…it’s quite clear.

      I’ve met this woman, several years ago, in relation to the abuse. Quinn and her whole family were brave people I will never forget. Jenna managed to survive and still hold on to her humanity, using that now to make the world a more humane place. If you missed that you should stick to reading tabloids.

  • ilvrw

    Great story and glad you have the strength to do so. There is so much of this going on and some of the resources to help young females deal with this are very ineffective. We need to strengthen our laws on any adult who would abuse, whether sexually or physically, to a child. We could start by changing the law that would remove statutes of limitations on any type of abuse on children. They cannot defend themselves and many have to live with it until they are adults and can legally run away from it. Now they have no legal way to bring an offender to justice.

  • Jennifer

    Thank you for standing up and speaking out. Hopefully your message will help someone find their voice.

  • Anonymous

    Yes…she needs to speak out for herself and for ALL of the victims..including her family members AND the member’s of this man’s family —-all of them were affected and devastated by his choices – ONE PERSON”S choices.
    Think of that the next time you think what you do doesn’t matter…

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