Matt Anckner was 4 years old when he told his mother that his step-brother had routinely sexually abused him over two years.His mother, Tammy, believed him, said Anckner, now 17. Had she not, he said, “I may have turned to drugs and alcohol rather than speak out.”Anckner spoke at the announcement by Denver officials of a new public awareness campaign to ease difficulty sexual assault victims face called “Start by Believing.” A friend or family member is typically the first person a victim of sexual assault confides in after the attack, Mayor Michael Hancock said. “A negative response can worsen the trauma,” and deter victims from reporting the incident, he said. Sexual assault victim Matt Anckner, 17, talks about his experiences as a child sexual assault victim in Denver, CO on March 18, 2015. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver public safety and criminal justice officials announced the launch of a public awareness campaign called Start by Believing. The campaign is to improve the public response to sexual assault. The press conference was held at the McNichols building at 144 West Colfax Ave. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)Sexual assault often goes unreported because victims don’t think they will be believed, said Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey. “We need that report so we can start that investigation,” Morrissey said. The campaign will help victims on their “long, hard road to recovery,” Morrissey said. Tammy Anckner, 52, said she was doing laundry when she heard her son whisper “stop doing that, Tommy.” When she went to investigate she found Matt’s step-brother, who was 15, holding the child up against a refrigerator and rubbing himself against the boy. He had warned Matt that if he told anyone about what he had been doing to him, “I would be in jail,” Matt said. But that didn’t stop Matt from telling his mother about the abuse he’d been suffering. “It changed my whole reality.”Investigators found that the boy had victimized 36 children, Tammy said. Matt’s step brother, now 27, received a 12- year sentence, and is due to be released in May of 2017, she said. A training video on how … – Click Here To Visit Article Source