Their brothers and father sexually abused them most of their lives; their mother let it happen; and neighbors and police rescued them in 2005. Twins Kellie, left, and Kathie Henderson say it will take a lifetime to recover.
Looking at year-old prom photos inspires a laugh at the Vasey house. Kellie Henderson, left, and her sister Kathie stay in nearly daily contact these days with Shelly Vasey, sharing texts and photos posted on Facebook.
Since she moved in with Jim and Shelly Vasey in Wichita in November, Kathie Henderson has spent time resting and thinking about what to do with her future; she might go back to school to study nursing or physical therapy.
The Henderson twins, Kellie, left, and Kathie, just after their high school graduation ceremony in May 2009. Years of abuse and protecting a family secret had stunted their lives, meaning there have been few high points in life so far. This was one of them, Kathie says.
Kellie Henderson, right, with Shelly Vasey, the woman who made her rescue possible, at the twins' graduation from Thunder Ridge High School in Kensington, Kan., in May 2009. The Vaseys made the five-hour drive that day, and have stayed in the girls' lives since police freed them from sexual abuse in 2005.
Kathie, left, and Kellie Henderson, senior prom 2009, at Thunder Ridge High School, Kensington, Kan., four years after their rescue. "The night of our lives," Kathie said later; dancing and a last party with high school friends.
Andrew Henderson, left, with Shelly Vasey, who five years ago made the 911 call that got Henderson arrested, convicted and sent to prison. He has told her that stopping him from raping and molesting his own sisters was the best thing anyone has ever done for him, and he remains grateful to her for reaching out to him, offering friendship and a chance to atone for his wrongs.
Though Andrew Henderson, right, used to jokingly refer to Jim Vasey as "Pastor Jim" because of Vasey's active Christian faith, the convicted rapist remains grateful to Vasey for reaching out to him in prison.
Jim Vasey, left, has been like a father to her all her life, Kathie Henderson says. He helped her rescue from sexual abuse five years ago and in early November, he and his wife took her into their home to help her rebuild her life.
Five years after they helped rescue her and her sisters, Kathie Henderson in November reconnects with Exploited and Missing Child Unit detectives Bill Riddle, center, and Chris Zandler. She wanted to thank them for helping her.
Kellie Henderson, Nov. 5, at the Vasey house to visit her sister. Kellie is a sophomore at Barton Community College in Great Bend and is considering social work or psychology as majors; she says she wants to help other victims of abuse.
Shelly Vasey, left, has stayed involved in the lives of the Henderson family for five years, since she made the call to police that rescued the sisters and sent the men in the family to prison for sexual abuse.