A Loveland mother's Facebook post has been a hit online, with 23 million views.
On Friday morning, Catherine St. Germain posted a video as a way to get support during a tough time in her life. Her daughter was sexually abused by Catherine’s ex-husband, Aaron Scott, in 2015.
“My amazing daughter, and I can remember her when she was smiling,” St. Germain said with a smile, pointing to a picture of her daughter. “That'll get you through just about anything because she's got a pretty incredible smile.”
St. Germain’s daughter was 15 when it happened. Aaron Scott came into Catherine's life she was going through a break-up. He was an ex-cop and a Navy veteran, who provided the support she needed when she needed it.
But on April 23, 2015 St. Germain got a call to come to the police station and not tell Aaron.
“We were in the police station, and the policeman handed me her statement. And I started reading, and I don't even think I made it more than a couple of lines in,” St. Germain said as her eyes began to water. “And I just collapsed on her. And hugged her and told her I was so sorry and how much I loved her.”
Catherine posted a video to Facebook Friday. It doesn't show the pain of a woman who tried to take her own life twice, or still gets panic attacks when she goes to sleep. Instead it shows a woman trying to make a difference.
“I don't want this to happen to anyone else. I want moms to know what grooming signs look like," she said.
The video shows Catherine holding up note cards, telling her daughter’s story. It urges mothers to check the sex offender registry so their families stay safe.
“I keep saying I didn't do anything brave my kid did. My kid did the bravest thing,” St. Germain said. “She spoke out against the person who sexually assaulted her within 24 hours.”
St. Germain says she has gotten dozens of messages from women around the world sharing their stories with her.
Her video has been shared more than 56,000 times.
Watch her Facebook post here: http://bit.ly/1N6aLMI.
Many of you know what Hell the last year has been for my family. I ask that you share this short video. I believe we must not remain silent, and instead shine a light in this dark subject.Posted by Catherine St. Germain on Friday, April 8, 2016