ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who filed a civil lawsuit against an uncle who sexually assaulted her as a child has been awarded more than $10 million in damages.

A Stearns County jury made the award to Cathy Olson of Avon this week. Olson tells the St. Cloud Times she’s speaking publicly about the assault to help other victims and remind them they have a voice.

William Holden was convicted in 1986 of sexually assaulting the woman in Brainerd when she was under the age of 14. Holden was sent to prison and later released.

The woman’s attorney, Michael Hall, said his client decided to sue Holden after her grandparents died in 2008. Holden was the executor of their will and he and Olson had renewed contact. Holden’s attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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Comments (7)
  1. Norge says:

    KAAAA_ching!!!! Some voice!

  2. hoover says:

    Hey hahaha – you’re a pig; I hope you’re proud of the comment you made especially since you can hide behind your screen name…what a man~

    1. hahaha says:

      and aren’t you hiding your name……….

  3. castratethem says:

    I admire you!! It is so hard to come out with this especially when it’s your word against theirs. I am not as strong as you….

  4. Ed says:

    $10 million, are you kidding me??? Hard to take serious when it’s all about the money. Why should she donate the money? she’s the one that earned it fair and square, the jury said so.

  5. Ed Praiseworthy says:

    I am so amazed at the legitimate sympathy and compassion for a woman that was molested as a young girl. I thought though that there were statutes of limitations. I’ve complained about my experiences of child sexual abuse for over 20 years and the only response I’ve gotten was to be charged with “interstate threatening communications” in 1993 and again charged with harassing lawyers in 2003. I thought I had a morally righteous cause, but my grievances were pretty much ignored and dismissed. I would forgo monetary compensation just to be heard without the risk of being prosecuted for being outspoken.
    Ed Praiseworthy

    1. Jake says:

      Call HER lawyer Ed, maybe he’ll take the case.

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