|The Strong Ashia Hernandez-Ackov|
Many times when we think of domestic violence, we think of a couple involved in an abusive relationship, but according to statistics almost five children die per day as a result of child abuse. This story is about a child abuse victim who is all grown up now and ready to tell her story. Ashia H was born to an abusive father and had also been raped by four men by the time she reached high school. When she was just a teen her mother took her on what was then the Sally Jessy Raphael Show to discuss the rape and she says that even though she felt embarrassed by being on the show, to some degree it was a relief. Just to be able to talk about it and get it off her chest was healing for her, even if it was in front of millions of T.V. viewers. She later entered into a marriage with her abusive ex-husband, which also follows the statistics about the "cycle of abuse." Victims of domestic violence tend to become familiar with the dysfunction and therefore end up repeating their pattern of choosing abusive partners.
|Ashia and her mother on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show in July of 1993. (Permission to print article granted by The Topeka Capital Journal.)|
As Hernandez-Ackov recalls her traumatic past she is still haunted by what will never be a faded memory for her. Here is the story she wants to share in her own words:
Hernandez-Ackov has already started a petition to increase stricter laws. This particular advantageous patina is another subject close to her heart. One of the rapists from her assault that she discussed on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show was released from prison only eighteen months later and shot a friend of hers while he was out on parole.
|This is the article from her friend's death that resulted in the arrest of her "out on parole" rapist. (Permission to print granted by The Topeka Capital Journal)|
Ashia Hernandez-Ackov is pleading with the public to please help change the laws against child abusers, rapists, molesters by signing THIS PETITION.
I spoke with Ashia Hernandez-Ackov last week and she is as uplifting as she is charming even with all the tragedy that she has experienced in her life. She is not going to let the negative events that have happened to her keep her from living a healthy, productive life and find ways to heal by giving back to those who cannot help themselves...our "littlest angels."
|Mr. and Mrs. Ackov, grassroots activists for C.O.R.I.|