kNOT TODAY TO MARK ‘SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH’
WITH COMMUNITY EVENT IN FAIRMOUNT, IND.
kNot Today to partner with #teamCHESNEYstrong to engage community in battle against child sexual abuse and exploitation
Indianapolis – Next month, kNot Today – the foundation created by Linda Reich and her husband, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich – will take its mission to end child sexual abuse and exploitation to Fairmount, Ind., a small, but strong community ready to share its story that abuse and exploitation can and does happen anywhere.
Residents of Fairmount – known as the home of James Dean and Garfield the Cat – first contacted kNot Today after hearing Linda discuss the issue during a television interview. As a result, kNOT Today will travel there to host an event to bring light, empowerment and education to a dark issue that impacts children, often right in front of the caring eyes of parents and friends.
kNot Today will visit Fairmount on Sat, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will partner with a local survivor, Chesney Shonk, and her awareness effort, #teamCHESNEYstrong. Chesney Shonk is a Fairmount woman who was sexually assaulted for seven years, beginning when she was 15, resulting in several mental health challenges over the years. Now, she is stepping forward courageously for the first time to share her story in hopes of raising awareness about the issue and preventing such tragedies in the future.
“What happened to me shouldn’t happen to anyone,” Shonk said. “With that being said, I do not want a pity party. Instead, I want this event to be fun and educational, and that it shines a light on this terrible problem.”
Additional details about the event will be announced later this month.
“These tragedies happen more than we know and more often than we think, and that’s why it was important for us to hold our first community event in Fairmount,” Linda Reich said. “We are thrilled to join this courageous effort by Chesney Shonk and her family, and it’s truly remarkable that a whole community has gotten behind them and wants to make an impact in this area.”
The Reichs created kNOT Today in 2019 to generate awareness, create prevention strategies and help develop innovative healing programs for sexually abused and exploited children in Indiana and across the United States.
“As the parents of three daughters and a granddaughter, we are blessed that we have not experienced directly the impact of child sexual exploitation,” Frank Reich said. “However, through missionary and community service work, as well as helping friends and family cope with the trauma of this issue, we have come to understand how big the problem is and how close to home it can hit.”
For more information or to donate to support this event, please visit knottoday.org.