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Sulphur mom starts non-profit to combat childhood sexual assault

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A Sulphur mom is using she and her daughter's experience to help others and to spread awareness of childhood sexual assault.

Jennifer Webster's daughter, Heidi, was sexually assaulted two years ago. Heidi was only 5-years-old.

Webster decided to help others who may be going through the same experience she and her daughter did by starting the non-profit called, "Heidi's Hideaway."

"I just couldn't find a place to go that I could meet people who were dealing with the same things that we were dealing with on a daily basis," Webster said.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Webster prepared the first-ever childhood sexual assault awareness event at Prien Lake Park. Close to 100 people came out in support of Webster, Heidi and of the cause. There was plenty of fun for all with clowns, face painting, food and a balloon release at the end of the day.

"Adult victims, we find it hard to deal with the issues we have. The anger, the confusion, the rage, those different things. So, imagine if you're 5, 6, 7-years-old, you don't understand your feelings. So, I feel it's a whole different monster when it's a child," she said.

And for Heidi and the others who were affected by sexual assault, with a group of people supporting and loving one another, perhaps this is the perfect hideaway from those monsters.

"And (Heidi) is so excited about this group," Webster said. "She feels like a rock star. That's what I've tried to tell her is that she is so brave and so important, and this group has reinforced that to her and so the turnout of people today coming to help is just amazing."

Webster said Heidi's Hideaway will continue spreading awareness on childhood sexual assault throughout the year and make the event an annual one.

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