A few months ago, Sarah finally found the right words to describe what happened to her in high school. “Up until this spring, I would tell people, ‘Oh, I had an affair with my teacher,’” she said. “And it’s like, no, you didn’t. No you didn’t. You were groomed and sexually assaulted by your teacher. Those are vastly different statements.” Sarah said she didn’t like the teacher when he first started working at her school in Johnson County.

Iowa gives child sex abuse survivors very little time to sue abusers. Some are trying to change that

If a survivor of childhood sexual abuse tells someone what happened to them, studies suggest most don't do it until they're well into adulthood. But many Iowans abused as children run out of time to sue their abusers at age 19.