Ashlyn Treadway: Courageous Survivor of Molestation, Killed in Car Wreck

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After summoning the guts to accuse a respected family member of abuse, Ashlyn, Brea and the two other victims then experienced the timidity of prosecutors in Jefferson and Harris counties who didn't believe the girls' testimonies were enough to take on Klem's defense attorneys, including Dick DeGuerin. Instead, prosecutors in both counties agreed to plea bargains that sent Klem to jail for six months (on weekends) and deferred adjudication, allowing him to escape the sex offender registry.

Ashlyn told the Houston Press that kid-glove treatment of wealthy defendants "is the reason why kids don't come out and say anything" about abuse.

Ashlyn saddled a lot of guilt after the abuse, blaming herself for what she believed was her failure to protect her sisters. For two years, Ashlyn took to cutting herself with a bobby pin or a nail.

She told the Press: "It's like it wasn't me. It wasn't me, it was all the anger held up in me, because I didn't say anything and I needed to...."

Ashlyn's friend Ashley Sylvester of Beaumont told us this morning that Ashlyn was working on a dental hygienist degree at Lone Star Community College.

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