Another thought on my previous post . . . A sweet friend posted on it that Bobby should have gone to jail long before he did and that he had a lot of people fooled for many years. She was right. BUT (and this is the part that gets me) there were many people in our lives that knew what he was doing, other adults who knew that he was beating and raping us on a regular basis. And what did these people do? Nothing! They simply looked the other way, told us how sorry they were that it was happening but then looked away. Most of these people were his family so I’m sure some can see why they would. However, there was a time in my early teen years where a friend was told about it and she went to her parents. Her parents were “fine” upstanding business owners in our small town of Jena. They were pillars of the community. We had hope that once she told her parents surely something would have to be done, after all these were powerful people in our little town. Sadly when she told her parents, she reported back that “they didn’t want to get involved.” So, of course, nothing happened………except of course, the continuing abuse.
My point here is people must get involved! Quit looking away, quit being afraid to get involved! Help a child! You could be the one person that they are praying will come along and save them. Don’t be part of the problem! Your looking the other way or saying you don’t want to be involved tells that child that maybe they deserve what is happening to them. And when they know adults around them know what’s happening and aren’t helping they lose hope. They wonder if they will ever be free, if the abuse will ever end. So be a hero and give a child some hope! SPEAK UP!!!