In June 2006, our six-year-old granddaughter, Sarah (read her story here), told her mother that her daddy was sexually abusing her. Our daughter immediately called the authorities and he was arrested. Thus the physical nightmare ended for our granddaughter, and another nightmare began for our daughter and granddaughters. One can never truly imagine or understand the effects of a crime until it happens in your family. Due to financial pressures, our daughter, with four children under seven years of age, was forced to sell her home, car, and many personal belongings. They relocated to a new community to begin their lives anew. Thanks to the generosity of family, friends and business associates whose gifts provided support, our daughter has survived financially. Many victims and their families have not been as blessed to have such support surround them. Due to the courage and strength of our granddaughters' reporting her father's sexual abuse, he is currently serving his sentence in a state prison. Our daughter's plight has awakened us to a severe shortfall of support for families with sexually abused children. Victim's families often times may not follow through with reporting the abuse if the abuser is an income contributor to the family. Families reporting child sexual abuse may suffer not only the loss of income but may also lose health benefits, transportation and other financial benefits supported by the child abuser. sacred's goal is to deliver financial support to the family within 24 hours of an approved application.
All families in need, with a child who has been sexually abused and suffering financial difficulties, receive temporary financial assistance to support the necessities of daily living. It is our vision that financial concerns be eliminated so the family may begin the healing process.
Carol L. D'Attoma President - Executive Director
Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor
John J. D'Attoma Chairman, Executive Vice President-Treasurer
Senior Vice President, General Manager of Iowa Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits
Stephen Bellini Board Member
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Jody Albers Board Member
Reece Nichols Realtor
Jennifer L. Johnson Board Member
Johnson Legal Nurse Consulting, LLC
Leonard Searcy Board Member
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