"We didn't know anything, and they weren't allowed to talk about it," Katie Haught said. "There came a point where I just kind of thought that it didn't matter."
She finally started a discussion about her assault with her aunt and has been trying to clear her father's name ever since. When she was around age 11, court officials conducted tests to determine her ability to testify.
"I guess they said I didn't have the ability to remember it well enough to bother to testify, but I wanted to tell somebody," she said.
Although she doesn't remember much about the rape, she said she does remember not ever being afraid of her father.
"I remember some things, but I just know there's no way it was my dad, because I remember that right after this happened he came into the bathroom and found me and I wasn't afraid of him," she said. "How is that logical that I would just get completely abused by him and not worry about it what so ever 20 minutes later?"
Lori Haught has been working to garner national media attention for her brother's case since finding out he must return to prison. Letters have also been sent to groups that work to free innocent people from prison.
Joe Lavigne said Saturday that although he's nervous, he's prepared to return to prison.
"I think the only reason I'm able to maintain at all now is because I kept it in my mind that this was a possibly," he said. "I made sure to enjoy my life and do the right thing everyday."
The Supreme Court's decision was delivered the day before Thanksgiving. Lavigne remained free on Sunday. He said his parole date is 2021 and his release date is 2035.
Sorsaia couldn't be reached for comment over the weekend.
This time, Katie Haught said seeing her father being taken to jail is more difficult than when she was younger.
"The second time around is worse, because now I really know him. Before I had vague memories, but now we've actually gotten to know each other," she said.
Her daughter, who was born about a month after Lavigne was released, will also suffer, she said.
"His granddaughter will never get to know him either," Katie Haught said.
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