Patty Oakland: To my beloved home and community

When people ask me what I do for a living, I usually can end most conversations with the words “sex assault.” For years, I have dropped the “forensic” portion of my title and stated I am a nurse.

In a way, I have proverbially “closeted” myself with the work I do — so as to not make anyone feel uncomfortable. If I’m not comfortable talking about it, how would I ever expect anyone else to.

For the eight weeks of the “In Our Shoes” series, shoe create events and the post meetings for the month of August, all I can say is, “WOW.” The connection runs deep through our community. Statistics would tell us so, but I still am overwhelmed at the support and love this movement received.

You have stopped me in the grocery store, emailed and called — your words of love and encouragement sing in my heart. When I am sitting in my exam room with a patient, or public speaking using words we were taught were taboo, my thoughts are filled with the embrace of all of you.

Thank you for coming forward as a survivor or supporter. We have a lot of work still to do, but I am so thankful to call this place home with all of you. 


Patty Oakland

Advocates of Routt County social change advocate and UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center forensic nurse examiner  

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.