CALAIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The second annual Riding For A Voice motorcycle run will kick off tomorrow morning in Calais to benefit victims of sexual assault. The events founder is no stranger to the topic, suffering from years of sexual violence at the hands of her own father.
23-year-old Kayla Garriott was sexually assaulted by her father from the time she was only 10-years-old right up until the night of her junior prom. "It was really about my junior year where things really kind of took a really bad turn with him," says Garriott. "He came to my prom and drugged and raped me in a hotel room."
It wasn't until years later that Garriott's mother, Robin Bouchard, discovered what was going on with her ex-husband when she stumbled across her daughters journal titled My Life My Nightmare, Welcome To It. "I started reading it and I just became instantly sick," says Bouchard. "It was detailed information of what her father was doing."
After that discovery Bouchard and Garriott contacted local and state police and an investigation was launched. Garriott's father, Kevin Cobb, eventually went before a jury where he was found guilty of 18 counts of gross sexual assault. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and 10 years probation.
Since Garriott's father went away to jail she has decided to let her voice be heard to benefit others who might be suffering from sexual assault. She launched Breathe The AIR, AIR standing for abuse, incest, and rape. An organization that aims to provide victims and survivors a place to learn the stories of others and know that they are not alone.
This Saturday Breathe The AIR will be holding it's annual Riding For A Voice event on Main Street in Calais. Registration is across from Karen's Diner and the event will go from 9am-10am. If you don't have a motorcycle but would still like to ride another type of vehicle in the run, you're welcome to do so.
It costs $35 for a couple, $20 for a single rider and $25 for a car. Funds raised from the event will be put towards educational materials regarding sexual abuse and to develop a program to educate students, teachers, parents and community members in the Calais area.