People frequently use the word hero these days.
From frontline health care workers during a pandemic to first responders to even sports figures, the hero tag often is placed on them solely based on profession. But sometimes, it’s a spot-on label.
But there are other heroes walking among us in Hardin County.
People like Megan Eades, Trena Floyd, Kayla Dailey, Angie Colvin and her daughter, Jayden. The staff at Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at Baptist Health Hardin.
If making a difference in lives is part of being a hero, then these women and many others before them, and many others who will follow them because of their example, are community heroes. So are the staffers at Silverleaf and SANE. So are prosecutors like Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon, who handles these cases for prosecution, and victim’s advocate Patty Hall.
People like Eades, Floyd, Dailey, Colvin and Jayden have had the courage in the last few weeks to share their experiences as victims of sexual assault, whether they experienced it directly or they have been part of the assault from seeing a loved one hurt.
It takes a special person to want to have their photo on the front page of a newspaper and their name in a story over and over again describing the impact of a sexual assault has had and always will have on them.
They know there are others who have been through what they’ve been through. Some report the assaults but most, about 63 percent of all assaults, go unreported.
So when people step to the forefront to speak up in the battle of protecting young and old, female and males from sexual assault, we need to listen and take the blinders off and understand that these assaults happen here – in your city, on your street and, maybe, even in your own home.
“I think our stories have power and I think sometimes why we go through things is to help the next person get through something similar,” Trena Floyd said. “It’s been a very long road.”
There is power in the words of people who have experienced what many in our community have experienced, and have remained silent.
Listen to some of our community heroes. There is hope and there is help.
This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.