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Marisa Kwiatkowski's Blog

At each turn, the people responsible for her safety failed her — her birth parents, relatives,... more »
posted 07/16/17

Marisa Kwiatkowski's Work

How do you know when someone is ready to be interviewed about a trauma she has endured? And what do you do if she wants to back out just before publication?
Ashley wanted the abuse to stop. But Butch, her adoptive father, was always around.
I met Ashley for the first time in March 2015 at a Noodles & Company in Indianapolis. Her adoptive father Craig Peterson had arranged the meeting. He initially reached out to me about an article I'd written, then shared bits of Ashley's story.