Several people in the past few weeks have called me brave. I am honored and humbled that they think so. But I have seen the face of bravery it’s not the one looking back at me from the mirror. It’s the one at the top of this page.

Her name is Ann. She is 92 years old. A 24-year-old man entered her home as she was getting ready for bed one night last October. He raped her.

Ann, a World War II veteran, made sure he was caught. More than that, she made sure he was put away.

“I didn’t think of it as bravery,” she said. “I just thought of it as something I had to do.”

The lead detective, a 15-year veteran of the Tempe Police Department who has been involved in hundreds of investigations, called Ann’s case “by far the most appalling and offensive investigation I’ve been a part of.”

Ann’s attacker tried to claim it was consensual sex, but she would not stand for it.

AnnAn extraordinary woman, Ann faced her attacker during his sentencing hearing earlier this month. She spoke in open court, but her powerful words were not for him. They were not words of anger. They were words of support and encouragement, a call to action for other rape victims. Stand up. Speak out. Take back your life.

“I’m here today as an advocate, particularly for women who are sexually assaulted to report the incident,” she said, her voice strong and sure. “Since this happened to me, three young women came to me and said, ‘Oh, I was raped.’ I said, ‘Did you report it?’ They said, ‘Oh no.'”

That’s when Ann, in her no-nonsense way, got down to business.

“I am here today to ask women in general, if this happens to you, do not be embarrassed. Do not be ashamed. Be strong. Go to the police. Go through the protocol, even if it’s humiliating, to get the DNA so that the prosecutor has something to work with.

“I just wanted you and the world to know that it’s important we stamp out sexual assault.”

AnnAnn later sat down with Tanya Mendis, a reporter at the TV stations where I work, to share her story. She had a specific goal in mind.

“I want people to report, even though it requires courage, and articulation and embarrassment,” Ann told Tanya. “Get these people off the street so that they can’t do it again.”

I can’t tell you how I wish I had gone to the police way back when. If there were no statute of limitations, I would go today. But that’s not how it works.

Ladies, we can all learn a thing or two from Ann. Watch her story at You will not be sorry.

Strong and eloquent, this lovely woman is the face of bravery. She refused to be a victim. She took action. She persevered.

I hope I can be a tiny bit like her when I grow up.