Tommy: Each victim is entitled to be heard

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
December 12, 2017 - 1:05 pm

I don’t think I’m putting myself way out there on a limb when I say I loathe child molesters. I hate them so much that the INTELLECTUAL, not EMOTIONAL, part of me would be in favor of summary execution. Few, if any, can be rehabilitated. If you think the idea of providing a convicted murderer “3 hots and a cot” is disgusting, imagine doing that plus providing protection for some worthless piece of human excrement that would molest the most innocent among us.

The molesters KNOWINGLY victimize our children. But what about after that? Many kids are too traumatized or frightened to tell their parents what happened, especially if it’s done by a family member. When they do find the courage, family members will often deny the awful truth in order to maintain “family harmony.” Sometimes mothers deny it to keep their relationship with the molester intact.

So what happens? Kids, then teens, then young adults deal with the pain and unfounded shame of what has been forced upon them. When, as middle aged adults, they finally feel empowered to say something they’re victimized again.

“WHY’D YOU WAIT SO LONG? WHY ARE YOU PUNISHING THIS POOR PERSON? WHAT ARE YOU REALLY UP TO? DO YOU WANT MONEY? WHO PUT YOU UP TO THESE FALSE ACCUSATIONS?”

Tawana Brawley. Duke Lacrosse team. A couple of cases where the accusers were found to be lying. But that doesn’t prove everyone that comes forward isn’t telling the truth. It proves only that each case is independent of the other and each victim is entitled to be heard.

I can’t begin to imagine what I’d do, but I think they want to clear their soul of the demons that were forced upon them and that have been haunting their lives for decades. Molesters seem to think their victims are frozen in time. They must think their victims will be children forever or that the scrutiny they’ll face will keep them silent forever. Double victimization.

Mary couldn’t remain silent any longer. She courageously shared her story this morning.

Mary shares her story of sexual assault

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