It doesn't fade over time. It metastasizes. A sexual assault can last a matter of minutes, but the subsequent disintegration can last a lifetime. This is true for the victim and the family surrounding her. A mother. A brother. Even a pet. Based on her personal experience, Tawni O'Dell's theatrical memoir, When It Happens to You, is about a mother's struggle to help restore a sense of safety and wholeness to her family after her daughter was the victim of a brutal attack. It's a journey that continues to this day, nearly five years since she received that middle of the night phone call every parent dreads.