One family is trying to prevent sexual assault at the Kansas statehouse today. After the Cooks found out about the horrors their child experienced at a church event, they are trying to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
The family of Sheldon Cook stood with state senator Tom Holland as he introduced senate bill 37 or “Sheldon’s Law” if it’s passed.
Sheldon’s mom, Lori Cook says her son was sexually assaulted multiple times including once at a church lock-in by two teenage boys from the church.
When the family went to church leadership, they say the church wanted to handle the matter internally.
“We thought we could trust them, plain and simple. That church became our life,” said Cook.
Current Kansas law requires many occupations like teachers, police officers and therapists to report sexual assault.
Holland says now is the time to expand the list.
“Clergy leadership are adults that children and their parents must be able to trust to make their children feel safe.”
Now Sheldon and his family and are pushing forward, trying to make sure something like this will never happen again.
“Sheldon will never be the same again. His innocence was taken from him, but I think he’s going to be stronger for it, he had to grow up a little faster, but the sacrifice that he’s making coming forward is going to help so many other kids, “Cook said.
Now Sheldon’s mother is urging everyone to contact their state representatives to make sure this bill is passed.