I was sitting with my co-worker, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, when he told me that this month's Chicago Reporter investigation on child sexual abuse was one of the hardest things he ever had to write.
Jeff's written on some poignant and heartbreaking subjects, but none of them, he said, affected him so deeply as hearing the stories and the pain of survivors of abuse and families ripped apart by accusations of abuse.
We were fortunate enough to find a few young people brave enough to share their experiences as victims of sexual abuse. Listen to what they have to say about what they've been through and how they cope:
The courage they have to tell their story astonishes me. We'll be talking more next week about how many victims are discouraged from telling their story and how Asian and Hispanic communities may be under reporting the number of child sexual abuse cases in their midst. Or read more about the investigation in our new issue.