Dozens gather to raise awareness about sexual abuse in downtown Evansville

Dozens gather to raise awareness about sexual abuse in downtown Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Dozens of people gathered at the Four Freedoms Monument on Sunday afternoon for the “Save The Children” protest.

A handful of people organized this protest in downtown Evansville to raise awareness about child molesters and sex trafficking.

18-year-old Ivy Simpson is a sexual assault and abuse survivor.

“It was someone I lived with daily,” Simpson said. “Took me to school, picked me up from daycare. You know, all the things that were supposed to happen, but of course, there are all the things that weren’t supposed to happen.” 

“He would remind me that if anything happened to him or if I ever said anything - that he would come back and he wouldn’t be after me, he’d be after my sister,” she continued.

“Justice For Our Kids” is an organization involved with this protest. The group’s mission is to stand up against light sentences for child molesters.

“He got sentenced to eight years,” Simpson said. “He did four and a half. He still lives in Evansville.”

This doesn’t stop Simpson from marching her two feet.

“I was stuck in flight and fight,” Simpson said. “They always say you choose one - that’s a lie. You be flying and fighting.”

She now shares her story, in exchange for her peace of mind.

“It gets easier the more you talk about it,” Simpson said.

At the protest, a few other people shared witness statements. The protest lasted over an hour. 

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