Victims of crime share their stories of survival

April 12, 2018 11:42 PM

ALBANY - "It was that scary that painful and it turned my life in a direction I have never, ever imagined," Dorie Giovannetti said.

Giovannetti thought she was going to see a chiropractor to help heal her stiff neck.

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Instead, her visit with Dr. Seth Kohl last February, turned her into a victim of sexual abuse.  

"I walked out of that office that day broken, ashamed of myself, sobbing not knowing what to do other then, I had to get out of there and I need to find safety," Giovannetti added.

It took her nearly a year to begin to feel like herself again.

She got help through counseling and has become an advocate, sharing her story of survival in the hopes it will help at least one person going through the same pain, find strength.

"There is hope, there is recovery, and there is healing."

Tom Stock shared the story of his sister Amy, whose life came to an tragic end all too soon in 2015. 

"They had come bearing the devastating news that my sister, Amy had been killed by a drunk driver in a traffic incident just hours before," Stock explained.

Kadeem Fowler received up to 24 years in prison for killing Amy. 

Her mangled up car now serves as a memorial and reminder to school children of the devastating effects drinking and driving can have.  

"And maybe, just maybe it will save one life and keep one family from going through what we did," Stock said.

In addition to the stories shared by survivors of crime, members of law enforcement were honored for their positive efforts in supporting victims year round.


Karen Tararache

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