On Friday evening, Aug. 16, she was hanging out with her new sisters, the Ladies in the Wind Motorcycle Club, who she’ll be riding with in a Slingshot this Sunday.
But it will be far from just a enjoyable afternoon ride. It is a large portion of her recovery.
“Natalee has PTSD and one particular of her triggers is parks,” stated her mother, Rosa Strubbe. “I never want my five-year-old to be afraid of parks.”
Hundreds to ride in help of Fargo girl whose survival story changed state law
Natalee’s life changed final year when she was sexually assaulted by a loved ones pal at a neighborhood park. It is not commonly the practice of InForum to name victims of sexual assault, but mainly because of the Strubbes’ public advocacy operate with their daughter, it has selected to use her name.
The previous year has been challenging for the loved ones, even for her older brother Lukas.
“When she has nightmares I let her sleep in my space, and hold her hand when she has panic attacks,” he explained.
Just after the Strubbes took their story public in January this year, Gov. Doug Burgum signed Natalee’s Law in April, which changed components of the state’s juvenile justice code to address instances like Natalee’s.
It enables parents of victims to have access to much more police records and court documents, creates tougher punishments for convicted juvenile offenders and tends to make much more solutions obtainable for each the victim and kid accused of committing a crime.
Now that the law has been passed, the Strubbe loved ones is continuing their activism operate by raising dollars for the Red River Children’s Advocacy Center, which has helped Natalee with her recovery.
Harley Davidson in West Fargo is now sponsoring “Let’s Ride with Natalee” on Sunday in help of the Strubbe family’s efforts to raise dollars. The business enterprise reached out to the loved ones when the owner heard what the Strubbes have been attempting to do.
“Becoming parents ourselves, it just tugs at our heartstrings,” stated owner Jimmy Entenman.
The Strubbe loved ones believed possibly they would raise a couple of hundred dollars for the center with what they believed would be a smaller ride.
But with a couple of hundred coming out from as far away as Dickinson the ride has now raised practically $three,000.
“(It is good) To see the neighborhood rally with each other and show other victims and survivors that there is so a great deal help,” Rosa Strubbe stated. “You never require to be afraid to come forward.”
The ride will make stops at parks in Glyndon and Dilworth just before returning to Gooseberry Mound Park in Moorhead for a huge cookout. Everyone interested in coming out does not have to sign up to join the ride.
All participants have to do is meet at Harley Davidson in West Fargo, 701 Christianson Drive W., at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Kickstands go up at 1.