Quote of the day: A 16-year-old girl speaks out about sexual abuse

“I have been molested countless times by old men, young men and boys my age. I’ve been almost raped once and that’s enough to make me stand up here in front of you all here today to stop all of this… I don’t mean to disrespect you elders out there, but there’s elders out there in our communities doing this. You don’t turn 60 or 65 and automatically get respect. You have to earn it.”

A 16-year-old girl speaking at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth conference in Fairbanks.