"I know how I felt as a victim, how alone, and sad, and hurt that I felt for so many years," Fowler said.
She was adopted as a child.
After finding her biological parents when she was 13, her dad sexually assaulted her.
"He proceeded to act like he was my best friend. Of course my father that I wanted for years and year," Folwer said.
She went into a state of denial, then looked for help from her family but no one believed her.
Nearly 40 years later, she's a leading voice in Southern Virginia for sexual assault advocacy.
"Get rid of the taboo that's associated with that subject. It's not your fault it's something that happened to you and you survived it," Folwer said.
Fowler isn't alone. In Southern Virginia, the number of victims is growing.
In Danville more people were victims of sexual assault last year compared to crime trends in 2000.
Rapes went up from 19 in 2000 to 55 in 2012 with the lowest reported of 9 in 2006.
The YWCA of Central Virginia monitors the statistics and reaches out to offer help after an assault.
"I'm on the schedule to work 29 hours a week. I work many more hours because there's so many people here that need our services," Jones said.
Mary Jones is one of few victim advocates in Danville.
Tuesday she stood with members of Southern Virginia's law enforcement to honor victims for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
At the event, police made the promise to catch more predators with a magnetic ribbon on their police car as a reminder.
Fowler is releasing a magazine this month with tips on how to survive after a sexual assault.