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Local teen hopes telling her story will inspire other young girls being abused

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UNION COUNTY, Ill. -- A Union County teen hopes sharing her story of being sexually abused, can make a difference for other young women.

Cheyenne Roach, 16, of Anna, says at the age of 12, she was raped for months by her mother's boyfriend at the time, Bradley Wyant.

"It was so scary. I was suicidal. I just wanted to die. I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to hurt my mom," Roach said.

She said what made her speak up was after being encouraged by a friend, "She said, 'You need to tell your mom, He needs to go to jail,'" said Roach. 

Her mother, Ivy Yana, regrets not paying attention to the warning signs, "Right before he moved in, she made a statement to me that she didn't want him to move in. I said, 'Why not?', and she said because he might see us without clothes on. Now, looking back it wasn't me she was worried about, it was herself," said Yana. 

The months she was being abused, Roach was also dealing with the death of her father. Yana says she thought her daughter had become isolated because she was grieving. 

Bradley Wyant took a plea deal of 15 years in prison for pleading guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. The convicted abuser will need to serve at least 85 % of his 15-year sentence and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Roach's mother says she's just glad her daughter spoke up.

Cheyenne will share her story at the Women of Worth Conference tomorrow night at the Anna-Jonesboro High School. It starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are only $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, or you can purchase tickets in advance by clicking here.

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