For 26 years, Goldie Taylor lived with a secret.
As a 16-year-old cheerleader at a St. Louis area high school in 1984, Taylor says she was sexually abused by an athletic coach at her school. The abuse cased her to act out, to let her grades drop, and ultimately to drop out of school altogether.
Taylor, a former Marine and veteran journalist and media consultant, moved on with her life. She never told her mother about the abuse. She even thought she put the incident behind her, until the Penn State sexual abuse scandal broke out. It was then that Taylor was overcome with a desire to finally tell her story.