If you believe you or someone you know have been harmed by the publicly charged offender, it is best for my case and yours that you do not reach out to me personally. As much as I hate to say that and want to give you a big virtual hug, this has been a 5 year-long road to justice for me and I cannot risk it by communicating with other potential victims or witnesses.
However, you can reach out to the AMAZING lead detective on this, Detective Gwen Bruckner of the Town of Brookfield (not city) Police in Brookfield, WI, regardless of where your victimization took place. You are 100% SAFE with her, trust me. There is safety in numbers, so don’t be afraid. The State of WI’s Victim Advocacy is wonderful, nothing like I went through at the federal level and they wrap their arms around you immediately – so please come forward if you need to. They DO listen.
Remember, if you have experienced an act of sexual assault within the prior few days, please go to your nearest hospital emergency room. Even if you do not “see” your injuries, go to the ER or ED for appropriate examination. Regarding this, some offenders are empowered with certain knowledge and this knowledge may make you feel there is no hard evidence. But please let your physician or local hospital see you and do not let this fear hold you back from prosecution of this or any offender. As military men and women fighting our wars for us know – and those of us wounded by sex crimes in internal ways are also aware – not all battle scars show on the outside.
If you need immediate help, call 911 and have a friend or relative reach out to Det. Bruckner right away, if you are unable to do so. Because police response varies from community to community, please do not become discouraged by your local police response. Det. Bruckner will respond properly, in the manner any victim deserves.
Detective Gwen Bruckner
Town of Brookfield Police Department
645 N. Janacek Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045
Direct: (262) 796-3798