“Those living in quiet despair.” This is a phrase I have used often in reference to those suffering from mental illness. However, others live among us in the shadows that are living in despair for other reasons. Unfortunately, in these instances it’s because of the physical and mental anguish that comes with sexual abuse. The most vulnerable among this group are our children who are victimized by sexual predators. My mother, who spent more than 20 years as a licensed social worker investigating abuse and neglect of children, used to say to me that the emotional scars from child sexual abuse never leave the individual. The shame, humiliation and utter betrayal felt by the child can be overwhelming. Children and adults living in quiet despair.
I am proud of that fact that our city does not turn a blind eye to these issues. Instead, we shed a light on the problem in order to work together and to send a message to those struggling: Our community is here to help. That is why I was so encouraged when our Delaware Township Trustee, Debbie Driskell, took it upon herself to bring the No More Secrets campaign to Fishers. She is joining forces with the City of Fishers as well as Fall Creek Township and others to raise awareness about sexual abuse. The month of April will have a number of events to educate and encourage our community to be vigilant in order to protect the most vulnerable among us, our children. I hope you will take a moment out of your busy schedule to shed light on and learn more about this important issue.
Mayor Scott Fadness