A mother is told by her children of the horror they have endured at the hands of those they trusted most, and the law blows them off. She asks the following questions in her blog post:
“Why in the world would an upper-middle-class child, in a picture-perfect community complete with good schools, a social life, a backyard in-ground pool, and even a friendly neighborhood ice cream truck, concoct such a tale? What could possibly motivate them to whisper soul-crushing horrors to their mother on the back deck swing, when they knew what it could cost them: their home, their friends, their beloved cousins, their bedrooms and nearly all their worldly possessions? All this they would trade for a life on the run, hiding like frightened cottontails in the tall grass?”
When the law fails like this, chalking up childhood reports of vile abuses to ‘active imaginations’, and continues to give abusers access, we, too, need to ask some hard questions.
Why are children not heard? (Not only out there, but ‘among us’).
What frame of reference do children have for concocting extreme and outlandish stories of sexual assault?
And, maybe most importantly: How many people with influence are involved in the abuses with a vested interest in making this go away? Or, how many benefit from relationships with such high profile abusers in other ways, including judges, law enforcement and others?
To read the rest of that blog, and the tragic story unfolding: MILLSTONES OF JUSTICE. And consider signing the petitions and sharing.
This is one story I hope go viral, drawing the attention of reporters and the general public who must hold the legal system accountable.
Doing nothing is never the right option. We have a moral obligation to stand in the gap for children.
To sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/save-the-bannister-children-from-sex-trafficking.
~ T ~
© Trudy Metzger 2019