Rosemary Trible launches nonprofit group to help abused
Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Christopher Newport University’s David Student Union ballroom. Debbie Smith of Williamsburg, abducted from her house on March 3, 1983, will kick off the event for students, staff and faculty; Smith now travels, speaking for her own nonprofit organization HEART, which provides assistance to sexual assault victims and advocates for the expanded use of DNA resources.
During Wednesday’s program, students will assemble aftercare kits for sexual abuse victims and participate in a “Heal a Heart Walk” to take the F2F kits and “Bear Gear” kits for children to nearby Riverside Regional Medical Center. Chick fil A, music and giveaways will be part of the event. The goal is to show compassion for victims and to provide basic toiletries and clothing since those items are kept for evidence. On Nov. 2, the organization jump started its mission with a CNU program that featured three women sharing their personal stories of abuse.
“It is through my own dark road of pain that I have become so passionate about helping victims and fighting against abuse,” said Trible, also wife of CNU President Paul Trible, in a press release at the nonprofit. She is president of Fear 2 Freedom.
“In 1975, I hosted a morning TV talk show in Richmond called ‘Rosemary’s Guestbook.’ I did a show on sexual assault never realizing I would be the next victim raped at gunpoint three days later,” said Trible.
Since Trible’s book came out in March 2010, s hollister uk he’s traveled nationwide sharing her story.
“Never have I spoken that so many women have come whispering to me, ‘I was molested as a child or I was raped by a neighbor and no one knows my pain,’ said Trible.
“I’ll never forget an older woman in California who came up crying after I had spoken. As I held her, she said, ‘I am 85 years old and I was raped as a six year old. Till this moment I have never told anyone until you, and it has destroyed my life.’
“I have discovered that the greatest pain comes from those who have held their sexual abuse inside and have never gotten the help they need to find hope for their woundedness,” said Trible. “If kept in the dark, it is like bacteria th hollister uk at grows, but brought out into the light this terrible trauma can have new healing so that a victim’s past does not have to control their present and future.”
In a January 2010 Daily Press interview with Trible, just before her book was released, she talked about the internal trauma she personally endured after the December 1975 rape that robbed her of the joy she found in everyday life. She and Paul had married four years earlier, and he was stepping into his political career, winning the commonwealth attorney position in Essex County. To this day, no one, including law enforcement officials, knows who the rapist was.
“I remember tearing up Paul’s old T shirts because that helped me physically release the burst of fear and anger,” she said. “I wondered if I would ever feel normal again.”
Her book tells the story of how she reclaimed that joy and has been quietly reaching out and helping women living in fear from sexual abuse and other problems such as eating disorders and panic attacks.
“I can walk through a hotel lobby and sense a woman in fear,” she said in the Daily Press interview.
“It’s almost like a fragrance I can sense other women who have been bro hollister uk ken. It’s been my ministry all these years, to help women so they don’t stay a victim.”
It’s also her mission to help children who have been abused or exposed to violence, using the Bear Gear book bag that includes crayons and paper to describe what has happened as well as other items.
“When victims of violence come to a hospital after trauma from sexual abuse, domestic violence or child abuse, the evidence c hollister uk ollection and treatment is now performed by dedicated nurses of SANE, or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners,” said Trible.
“Sandi Reinholdt, the coordinator of SANE nurses at Riverside, indicated how valuable the Fear 2 Freedom kits would be to a victim because all of their clothes are kept to become evidence.
“She said patients often leave in paper scrubs and she collects toiletries from friends so they can take a shower. Sweat pants, T shirt and cotton underwear would be part of the kit, which would also include toiletries, toothbrush, hairbrush, mints, washcloth and journal.”
In March, CNU students will take a spring break trip to the Honduras, where they will deliver aftercare kits to two orphanages where so many children have been abused or trafficked for sex, according to Trible.
The organization also hopes to get Old Dominion University to work with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, which had 1,100 cases of abused children last year, said Trible, and encourage Virginia Commonwealth University to work with the Medical College of Virginia, where forensic nurses reported 823 cases of childhood abuse last year.
“These statistics are truly frightening,” said Trible.
“The 2 in Fear 2 Freedom is for the fact that every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in America.
“Our hope is these aftercare kits and the Where is the Line program will become a movement seeking to bring renewed joy to those affected by sexual abuse.”