Local six-year-old girl sending message against sexual violenceFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A year ago today Jon Pabody was sent to jail after raping two toddlers. Rather than forget, one Fargo family is working to prevent sexual violence.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A year ago today Jon Pabody was sent to jail after raping two toddlers. Rather than forget, one Fargo family is working to prevent sexual violence.
The first-ever "Healing Walk" kicks off Wednesday. Organizers expect a few dozen people here at the Cass County courthouse tomorrow. But they're pushing for even more. The real person behind this cause is a six year-old girl who has her own message to send.
There are many words we steer clear of when we raise our children, especially one we hope they never learn.
Malinda Lockner- Ashlyn's Mother: "We need to get it out. We need to let people know that it's not their fault. They'll think, 'Hey I did something wrong,' and they didn't. So, needless to say, we wanted to do it and empower people."
Now, Malinda Lockner and her daughter Ashlyn are fighting to erase that word: Rape.
Malinda: "She didn't come out until last year."
Because when little Ashlyn was only three years old, John Pabody molested her and another young girl at his wife's daycare center. Pabody has been convicted and sentenced to more than 8 years in prison, but it will take much longer for his victims to understand why.
That unspeakable act sparked Ashlyn to give back to those who helped her.
So, the six year-old is walking door-to with her mom, spending countless hours asking for help.
Ashlyn Lockner - Rape Victim: "'Cause then, we get to get a lot of money and we get to give it to the Rape & Abuse."
So far, the two have raise well over $4,000 in donations and gifts, but most of all, the the Lockners want to help victims heal.
Malinda Lockner: "You don't have to be ashamed. You don't have to. And she's young enough where I think she's understanding that."
The walk starts at the Cass County courthouse at 1 in the afternoon. If you'd like to donate to their cause call: 218-790-5888.