INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 19, 2015)-- Although we don't know their names, we do know Jared Fogle's victims went through a traumatic ordeal.
For the victims, the sentencing marked a new beginning in the healing process. Their abuser will be behind bars for the next 15 years.
"It's absolutely a step in the right direction in term of recognizing the severity of these crimes against children and the long term impact it can have on these victims," said Emily Perry, executive director of Susie's Place.
The leader of the local child advocacy organization says Fogle's victims face a long road ahead. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt read a letter in court from the mother of a victim.
"I could have lost my daughter a few weeks ago if she went forward with her suicide thoughts," the letter read in part. Perry says that revelation wasn't surprising.
"To have long term impacts including but not limited to suicidal ideation, problems with addiction, problems with depression, post traumatic stress disorder or eating disorders," said Perry.
Judge Pratt went on to say Fogle knew his victim's names and even socialized with them at events--a layer child advocates say adds to the abuse.
"Just adds another layer of inability to reach out for help or get assistance. There's another level of trust or mistrust in the relationship," said Perry.
But from this point on for those victims and others who have been sexually abused, support and trusting relationships are paramount and healing is possible.
"That is absolutely my hope for all victims of these types of crimes is that they find that support. They take advantage of the mental health counseling that's available and they take back that control and ownership and they're able to move forward and lead healthy, happy lives."