Survivor talks fight against sexual abuse; Last week's top stories

Former Jehovah’s Witness Romy Maple of Fortuna appeared on the A&E television series “Cults and Extreme Beliefs” earlier this year and then started the non-profit 707SAFE | Submitted
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Earlier this year Fortuna resident Romy Maple appeared on the A&E television series “Cults and Extreme Beliefs,” partially discussing the sexual abuse she suffered as a child which was essentially swept under the rug by the Jehovah’s Witness church for 40 years.

Since that appearance Romy started the non-profit Sexual Assault Fighters Elite (707SAFE), providing coaching and support for any and all survivors of child sexual abuse.

“...Sexual abuse is a crime,” she said. “I don’t care where: In a family, in a religion, whatever. (But for some) it’s not a ‘crime,’ it’s a ‘sin.’ So there’s a lot of secrets that are behind held in those specific laws that they create to make (themselves) look clean...”

In response to the A&E episode the church shared their "scripturally based position on child protection." Click here and scroll down a bit to read that.

The interview with Romy begins at 7:32. She discusses her story and efforts as well as separating from an organization she was a member of for the majority of her life.

It’s important to note that while statute of limitations restricts Romy from pressing charges against her abuser, newer California law states that many sex offenses committed after the start of 2017 are no longer subject to a statute of limitations.

Also, 707SAFE is in its early stages and could use donations if you’re feeling generous and are in a position to help.

Other stories in Episode 108

A celebrity endorsement for Eureka, an HSU grad might be getting a lot of NFL experience this month, a sweet petition in honor of a famous former local who recently passed away, some throwback 90s Humboldt music scene coverage, cannabis takeovers, a Portland-area DA rep shares a likely trial date for a Eureka man facing child porn charges, and more.

Humboldt Last Week also has some lightheartedness, new music picks, and event suggestions. On the radio throughout the day on 99.1 KISS FM Mondays.

Episode partners: Ferndale Music Company - Cafe Nooner - Bongo Boy Studio - Tuyas Mexican Restaurant