Abby Honold, 23, is a sexual assault survivor and activist who is fighting for legislation that would require more training for authorities who interview sexual assault victims to incorporate a trauma-informed approach. The “Abby Honold Act” was introduced into Congress in Dec. 2017 and is in the first stage of the legislative process.
To mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Honold is sharing her story with “GMA” and the three things she wishes someone told her before she was assaulted and wants other victims of sexual assault to know.
My name is Abby, and I was sexually assaulted when I was 19 years old at the University of Minnesota. I am one of the few victims of sexual assault whose assailant is in prison. However, getting there wasn’t easy. Law enforcement didn’t help me at first, and I was nearly harassed off my college campus. I had to fight for nearly two years to put a fellow student and serial rapist behind bars, but I finally saw it happen in August of 2016.