I almost lost my son
Eight years ago, I almost lost my son.
It happened when Greg was a senior in college. He was in Florida, visiting his sister, when a police officer picked him up for a traffic violation. Because the officer suspected Greg had been drinking, he arrested him and took him to a local jail. Later that day, Greg was raped by several officers at the jail. The next day he was released, without being charged.
The assault sent Greg into a spiral of depression. He suffered from severe anxiety and flashbacks. It was as if the old Greg – my Greg – was gone.
Greg needed help – but finding help for him seemed impossible. No one, not even his doctors, believed that he’d been raped. I was heartbroken and felt completely powerless to help my son.
Then one day, everything changed. My daughter – Greg’s sister – learned about Just Detention International’s work helping survivors of sexual abuse in detention. JDI sent us information about post-traumatic stress disorder, and explained that it is possible to heal. Greg began seeing a therapist who knows how to work with trauma survivors. For the first time in eight years, I felt hope.
JDI changed our lives. Greg is doing much better now. He’s back in school and doing the things that make him happy. And we both know that we don’t have to go through this alone.
I’ll always fight to protect my son. And now I’m determined to fight to protect all children and adults behind bars, to make sure that what happened to Greg never happens to anyone else’s son, or daughter, or loved one.
This Mother’s Day, stand with me and the many other mothers who know what it’s like to have a child behind bars. By working together, we can turn my son’s awful ordeal into something positive. We can stop this from happening to others.
Wishing you and your family all the best this Mother’s Day.