Abby Honold

Guest Speaker Talks About Sensitive Topic
Posted on 02/10/2020
On Thursday, January 30th East Central hosted Abby Honold.  Abby Honold is a rape survivor, with the assault happening at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Throughout her attempts to receive justice for the crimes done against her, Honold experienced much inadequate police support. After a two-year-long battle to put her assaulter behind bars, Abby Honold felt a strong passion to ensure that other victims had an improved and reliable system for reporting sexual assault crimes. With this passion came the Abby Honold Act, which seeks federal funding for training police officers with effective techniques when treating victims of sexual assault

Other than the Abby Honold Act, Abby Honold is making great impacts in other ways by speaking at schools and events. One of the aspects of her speaking that is seen as most useful by others is her teaching of the Three D’s of Intervention. The first of the Three D’s is distract. If you see something occurring, distract the abuser to stop the behavior. For example, spilling a drink, or asking them a question. The second of the Three D’s is direct, where you directly intervene with the assaulter or the victim. The last of the Three D’s is delegate. If you don’t feel comfortable with being as involved as the other two cause you to be, you can delegate by asking other people to intervene, like a trusted adult. Overall, Abby Honold created an impact throughout the 9-12th grade while being a guest speaker, and lots of useful information was obtained.

Abby Honold was sponsored by the EC PTO, Student Council, and TADA/NHS.

Written by: Chloe Revier, TADA (Teenagers Against Dating Abuse) Club President


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