Sex Offender Sentenced, Victim Speaks Out


A 13 year old sexual assault victim and her mother left Jefferson County Court on Monday emotional and relieved. 

Through a letter read by her mother, the victim confronted her attacker in court.

"I'm proud, because, like, it's scary to go and say what happened to you," said the girl, whose identity we're withholding.

The girl's attacker, 22 year old Corey Passage of Carthage, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act. 

He was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison. 

The charge dates back to 2008, when the victim was 8 years old and Passage was living with her family. 

Now, the victim says speaking out is scary and hard, but in the end, worth it. 

She hopes to inspire other kids to come forward and report sexual assault.

"It's going to help other people in the long run.  If you don't tell, they could hurt someone and you could feel the regret of not telling," she said.

It's unusual for 7 News to speak with victims of sexual assault, but in this case, the victim's mother reached out to 7 News to share her daughter's story.

"I'm very proud of her for going through and pressing charges.  It's not easy," said Brenda Roth, whose last name is different from her daughter's. :

The 13 year old entered the court house a victim, but left as an advocate, speaking out for all kids who have endured sexual abuse.

Monday, December 5, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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