They've been through it all, emotional, mental and financial stress all because of the horrors that happened to their children. Saturday morning, there was some sunshine during their storm. The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County held a Mother's Day Out for ten special moms, who live every day with their own guilt.
From makeup, to manicures, to hair styling, some East Texas mothers got a day of pampering at Salon Kalea in Tyler, and it's a day unlike any other in their lives.
"There's times I'll just be driving down the road and just cry," said Mother Dana Thorn. "It's been very difficult, a very hard couple of years." Thorn is all smiles right now, but a little more than a year ago, she lived through the unimaginable.
"It's devastating," said Thorn. "You think you know this type of thing happens to other people, but now I'm one of those other people." Thorn found out her then husband had been sexually abusing her daughter for seven years, molesting her almost every day before school.
"I had no clue," said Thorn. "It's very hard when you realize your child's not safe in your own home. You know there's a lot of guilt associated with it, and you can't trust anybody anymore." Saturday morning was all about forgetting the guilt, gaining self-confidence and looking to the future.
"I want to make it stop, but the only way to make it stop is if kids would tell, and a lot of kids won't tell," said Thorn. "It's very hard for them." That's why she's started a program called "Make It Stop," visiting area schools with her daughter to raise awareness among kids.
"It happens, and it happens right in your own home and you don't know it," said Thorn. Thorn says the only reason her and her daughter survived such a difficult time was because of help from organizations like the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County.