Jeffrey Epstein molested her and she didn't tell a soul for 17 years.
Teresa Helm was 22, and she had already patched her life back together after being sexually abused by a close family member, starting at age 8.
"I really suffered in silence," Helm told The Epoch Times' "Insight" magazine.
As a child, she had told her mother about the abuse in the hope that she'd make it stop. Instead, her mother told her not to tell anyone, and it continued for 3 1/2 years.
"I just didn't get help, even though I kept asking for it. And so after what happened with Jeffrey, I suffered in silence, just like I had always kind of done," she said.
In 2002, Helm had moved to California from Ohio and was attending a massage therapy school, positive of a bright future. It became even more exciting when a fellow student, a year ahead of her, approached her about an opportunity for a traveling massage therapist job. Helm was interested and was connected with another young woman, whom she subsequently met at Santa Monica to discuss the potential job.