Kristi was a 9-year old girl. She loved to play with her dolls, ride her bike, and help her teacher erase the board after school. Kristi was also 8-months pregnant – impregnated by her stepfather – giving birth to a child at the age of 10. Sadly her case is not unique. Many of our clients find themselves in similar situations.
Kristi’s pregnancy actually brought her some attention and help she needed and couldn’t ask for herself. However, there wasn’t a Kristi House at the time. This was before wrap-around case coordination and mental health services were in place, before a multidisciplinary team addressed all the legal, physical and emotion needs of child victims and their non-offending parents. Consequently, Kristi has had a difficult life.
More often than not, there is no physical evidence of sexual abuse, so the trauma children endure is locked away in the family’s conspiracy to try to ignore, deny, avoid and forget. Kristi House provides a place for children to get the help they need and was named in honor of that 9-year-old girl.