When I was eight years old, I was at a sleepover with two friends. In the middle of the night, I got scared and ran to the parents’ room because as a young child, that’s what I was accustomed to doing. My mother was my protector, and I was always safe with her.

So, in my mind, I thought all parents were that way. But I was wrong. The father saw the opportunity and in front of his wife, he molested me. I was terrified and played like I was asleep because I thought he’d kill me if he knew I was awake.

That experience traumatized me for 25 years without me even realizing it. It wasn’t until I lost my second daughter and went through Wellspring Ministries counseling that the memory resurfaced. In that session my legs broke out in hives, and I almost started throwing up. The gentle and caring counselor guided me through that with Christ by our side.

I share this story to help others understand more deeply the terror and devastation sexual abuse can cause a child who is unable to defend themselves. 

I felt completely isolated, threatened, invaded, and abused. It was satanic to its core.

Given these details, what would you say if I told you that there’s a growing push to end the “taboo” of child sexual abuse, and even to totally legalize it? One of the key strategies in this is to expose children to sexualized material at a young age.

I saw this coming when I was in Spokane in 2019. I had joined a group that was fighting proposed school sex curriculum. I attended meetings that explained it page-by-page. One section had sixth graders learning to have “consensual” sex with “adult” lesbians. Even through Covid, we managed to triumphantly get all the signatures to end this sex ed bill on the ballot, but Olympia and Seattle ruined all of our efforts and voted it in. Spokane voted “no,” along with most of the other smaller cities. 

Advocates of this trash are either abuse victims themselves who took a wrong turn, or just outright perverts. Another explanation is they have been blinded by master manipulators. Whatever the case, we can’t ever let them have even an inch of victory. They will take a mile.

I’d like to finish by saying that I am so filled with joy to see Alaska parents standing up for their kids. Parents are noticing what’s happening and responding in force. 

That’s the job of moms and dads – to defend and care for their babies. We can’t expect others to do it, the responsibility is 100% ours, as guardians. I feel we can turn all of this around if we stay focused and alert. Keep reading the Watchman and other truly conservative outlets that care about families in our state. Continue showing up to speak out against anything that threatens children or families. They need us now more than ever!

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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OPINION: Abuse survivor urges Alaskans to protect kids from sexualization

Pamela Samash
Pamela Samash is a longtime Fairbanks area resident. She recently served on the Alaska Commission on Aging, and is past-president of Right To Life – Interior Alaska.


  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Thank you Pamela for sharing such a heart wrenching and difficult experience. You are a brave woman and a champion! I agree with all you are saying about all you have said about protecting children. It will take stamina and vigilance but can be done. Prayer and action.

  • StopTheMadnesz says:

    Pedophiles have known for millennia that exposing children to sexual images and acts is the first step toward breaking down psychological barriers and natural defenses so that physical abuse can occur. Pedophiles in prison for crimes against children will tell you this. It’s the first step in grooming the child before physical advances are made.

    Thank you for sharing your story, Pamela. The sexual Revolution, in it’s intent to divorce the marital act from the God-given confines of marriage, has led to so many hideous crimes against the human person. The ongoing assault against children is clearly demonic, and we must rise to the challenge of fighting it on every front, through prayer, fasting, and active engagement in the public square.

    Saint Charles LaWanga, pray for us!
    Saint Maria Goretti, pray for us!
    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
    Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    God bless you Pamala, your in our prayers.

  • Sharon says:

    Always fight to protect our children!!

  • Dalton says:

    there are no men left. they either went to college or on dope. either way they can’t help you