Sexual assault survivor attends Power Walk in Springfield
Anname Schultz is a sexual assault survivor, along with her mother and grandmother.
She says two years ago she was raped in a hotel room after attending a concert by three men that she knew. Schulz says this traumatic tragedy has changed her life forever. She says she has a hard time shopping as she has panic attacks. Schultz says she also had to quit her job as an EMT because of the panic attacks too.
Now, she says she found the courage to drive up from Arkansas with her family and youngest daughter to walk in the Power Walk with Me Too Springfield. She joined more than 80 other people of all genders, age, and ethnicity.
Jordan Harris is the president of the Me Too Springfield organization. She says she wants all survivors to know they are not alone. She says, "Me Too Springfield is protesting rape culture and victim blaming and declaring that no one deserves to be sexually assaulted."
"People should not have to feel like how they dress or how they present themselves or how much they drink or how much they go out alone at night they should not feel like thats an invitation for sexual assault," said Harris.
Schultz says knowing she walked step-by-step with people who won't judge her made the journey just a little bit easier.
"I want my daughter to see that this is not something to be ashamed of, her mother did nothing wrong, there are people that are going to stand with me so she can see what the world is and what she can possibly change in the future if she decides to," said Schultz.