Kailyn Cook, of Laramie, is a lifelong resident of Wyoming born and raised in Green River before making her move to Laramie. Kailyn is a sexual assault survivor. After seeing the justice system through the lens of a sexual assault survivor herself, Kailyn has endeavored to make changes for the benefit of victims. Following the traumatic event at the hands of a close family member, Kailyn went on to get a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming. Kailyn has attended Wyoming’s Law Enforcement Academy, becoming P.O.S.T. certified. During the 2018 Wyoming Legislative session, Kailyn guided SF93, Child Sexual Abuse and Prevention, through the Legislature, while providing her personal testimony to the Senate and House committees. She is currently a Victim Witness Assistant with the Office of the District Attorney, First Judicial District in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Kailyn uses her story of adversity, resilience, and triumph to advocate for changes in how Wyoming’s criminal justice system treats victims. In her spare time Kailyn skis, kayaks, and backpacks.
Kaily first showed signs of sexual abuse when she was just two years old. An exam revealed signs of sexual abuse but didn’t provide enough evidence about who was doing it. She tried to report her abuse by a family member again when she was 9 years old, and when she was 14 years old. But each time, the system failed her. Not until she took matters into her own hands at the age of 16 did she finally receive the help she desperately needed.
Kailyn will share her experiences in this keynote address, as well as showing the ways the criminal justice system can fail victims and how those in the criminal justice system can improve it, as well as areas that are improving for child victims of crime.