On one occasion, there was a call that came in, in which a new-born baby was thrown in a dumpster. It was a cold, snowy day, and the social workers and the police arrived at the dumpster, where they found a new-born baby. The baby was sitll alive, and the social workers named the baby 'snowflike,' because it had been snowing all night.
These are the kind of horror stories I've heard over the years...a big black eye, for the country and for all the irresponsible parents and family members who would do something like this. Anyone who would abuse a child, (and sexually abuse a child) deserve a special place in HELL, in my view.
The following newspaper ariticle, was written by Diane Diamond, who is a free-lance writer, and the piece appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on June 30, 2012. The piece is entitled;
"Countless Child Molesters Are Hiding
in Plain Sight
Learning to identify and keeping them
from kids must be a priority"
"It was the most raw and emotionally brutal court cases I've ever sat through...the Commonwealth of Pennisylvania vs. Jerry Sandusky.
Eight young men ranging in age from 18 to 28 testifying about their loss of innocence at the hands of a serial-pedophile who plucked his prey out of the ranks of his own charity. The powerful and often tearful testimony came at us rat-a-tat-tat so that observers felt smacked between the eyes at the end of each day.
In the end, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing young boys. I suppose you could call is a victory for the damaged young men sobbed while gasping for breath as they told their gut-wrenching stories. But, really no one wins.
Not even the victims get a monetary settlement from Penn State University, the institution that first learned of Sandusky's proclivities back in 1998 and still let him roam its campus and locker room showers with his young targets in tow.
I began reporting on high-profile suspected pedophiles 19 years ago when I became the first to tell the world that California police had targeted Michael Jackson as a possible molester of boys. I followed the Jackson story for more than a decade, and as I sat in the Sandusky courtroom I marveled at the parallels.
Although the jury found Jackson not guilty on all counts, in my opinion, his behavior and that of Sandusky are classic case studies of how a serial predatory pedophile acts. Both men were famous...one admired on an international stage; the other within his community and the world of sports.
Both men projected an aura of truly caring about children. Jackson outfitted his Neverland Ranch to be the quintessential child magnet with it full-scale amusement park, zoo and movie theater. Sandusky, as we learned through testimony, designed his own boy-cave in the basement of his home with games, a dart board, pool tables, air hockey table, television and a water bed.
Both men focused on boys from single-parent homes where beleagured mothers were grateful to have what they saw as a positive 'father figure' for their boys. When questioned about their constant proximity to other people;s young sons, both Jackson and Sandusky professed the world did not understand their actions, that they 'truly loved' all children, and they made a point to sprinkle a few girls among the crowd of boys to cover up their secret lust. And when their actions with children were exposed, both men very publicly turned on the very thing they claime3d they loved so much...the children...calling them liars, money grubbers and conniving manipulators out to hurt a great man.
It was sickening to watch years ago and even more sickening to sit in that courtroom the last couple of weeks and realize the general population still doesn't realize3 how to spot a pedophile on the prowl. I get weary wondering how long it will take to convince people that pedophiles are really the very person you think they could never be. They are the most charming, personable, charitable and kid friendly people you would ever want to meet.
They pay their taxes, go to church, often have respectable jobs and cloak themselves in acts of charity. Remember, pedophiles are on the hunt all the time, and it is their charm that gets them past the parent so that they can then prey on the child. When they get caught they rely on authorities to look at their 'upstanding lives' and compare it to the life of the single parent, troubled kid who is making the allegations against them. Too often, detectives believe the perpetrator's version of events and they are left alone to violate again.
I don't want to make parents into monsters of suspicion, but the only way to stop pedophiles is for grown-ups to learn how to ideatify them. If the overly friendly person has a 'special place' they take kids, if they are always surrounded by one gender of a child, if the suspect takes kids home to watch movies, if the child comes home in the uncharacteristically somber mood or with wet hair or wet clothes...get suspicious.
The warning signs are often there is adults just pay attention. Parents can educate our children about 'good touch and bad touch,' but again these serial predators are so masterful at what they do, your child will already be victimized by the time they realize what kind of touch they've just gotten.
Look...we know the damage childhood sexual abuse causes. Victimized kids grow into angry troubled adults. So when do we break the cycle? How do we let every child know they must never keep such a secret? We've launched successful campaigns to get people to fasten their seat belts or quit smoking. We set up a nationionwide system to make sure terrorists don't board airplanes. So why can't we come up with a cohesive plan to educate people to stamp out predatory pedophiles? The answer is that we can...if we make it a priority."
END OF ARTICLE;
MY TWO CENTS; (comments/opinions) My ex-wife told me this is the worst case she ever had. She had a woman, who was her secretary fof ten years. One day, she had to go with the police, to take her secretary's father to jail. The father of her secretary was sexually abusing the secretary's children...or his grand-kids, etc.
Ever wonder why there are so many disfunctional families in the country? So many foster-homes for children?
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