There’s been a lot in the media lately regarding young children being left unattended in hot vehicles, many ending tragically. As always, these stories are are met with an onslaught of individuals who are quick to judge, ridicule, and condemn the parents. I suppose if it’s never happened to you, it’s easy to wonder how someone could possibly forget their child, but to assume that they did it on purpose because they couldn’t “handle” their child anymore, to say that they are undeserving to have children at all, or even wish death on the parents is what I don’t understand. I’ve seen the comments in my newsfeed and on the news sites, and I have to tell you that they are very upsetting to me. I can say that because I have forgotten my child was in the car. Surprised? Let me tell you how it happened.
Once again it seems I find myself spinning in a vortex of sorts. A whirlwind Christian onslaught of defense for yet another child predator. This time the abuser is a public figure, someone who has convinced a large majority of the religious population that he is holy and righteous because he plays that on TV. Josh Duggar, it has recently been revealed, is a child molester.
I can almost hear the collective gasps from conservative Christians now. A molester! How can you say such a thing? Well, it just so happens that he – brace yourselves now – molested five young girls. For years. And generally speaking, an abuser of this nature who has methodically abused for several years will most-likely have other victims that are afraid or unwilling to come forward, so sadly I must point out that five is the minimum confirmed number of Josh’s victims.
What has compelled me to write another blog on child sexual abuse is the points of justification that I keep seeing repeated in social media and I want to address them. The comments I will show as examples came from a post from Ray Comfort, a Christian evangelist whom I used to admire. Ray recently posted that he was boycotting the TLC channel because they removed the show, 19 Kids and Counting, and said he wouldn’t watch again until they returned the show to the air. I was shocked. This is Ray Comfort, the man who leads people to Christ, who follows God’s word and preaches it unapologetically. Surely he isn’t supporting a child molester; I must have read it wrong. But I didn’t. He left no doubt on Twitter.
I will be delivering a second round of money orders to the DA’s office this afternoon in the amount of $1,230 for each of the families ($2,460 total). To date we have raised an even $5,000 — thanks to a sweetheart anonymous donor who made a 3rd donation just to “round it up”! 🙂 One of the donations was an extremely generous $1,000 check mailed directly to me from the Round Rock Police Officer’s Association and would not be included in the GoFundMe withdrawals screen shot seen below. A total of $2,200 was previously delivered in December.
*Please note that GoFundMe does remove fees from the donations, and I had to pay $5 for each money order (a total of 8 money orders because the highest amount a money order can be is $1,000).
These donations have been received from over 60 people during the past month! Chief Mannix, Cedar Park Police Department, recently issued a challenge to local law enforcement and they have stepped up in a big way! We’ve received donations from Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Austin PDs so far. Their support for victims of violent crime has been heartfelt and is a true reflection of the dedication they have to their jobs and their communities. I wish I could thank them each personally!
I’d like to share a quick story that I posted on one of the GoFundMe updates. I spoke with Assistant District Attorney, Geoffrey Puryear, a few weeks ago and he passed along the gratitude these families have expressed for the recent support you have all shown. He mentioned that for a while these families felt “like an island”, left to deal with the aftermath of this horrific abuse while a very vocal group in the community turned their backs on them in support of the man who abused their children. It has been both comforting and healing to them to know that they are not alone. So on behalf of these families I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the love and support, whether it is prayers, vocal support, or monetary donations. It is so important that when one of us falls down, others are there to help pick them up again. So thank you for picking up these families, dusting them off, and helping them to heal and grow through this tragedy.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:35-40
On September 15, 2014 Justice Served (JS) posted their first Facebook status. Who is Justice Served? It’s simply one person who was heavily involved in the #FightForGK movement, who watched it fail and thought he could do a better job at spinning the facts than Jake Brydon did. Justice Served is a man by the name of Doug Douglas.
While I have my own opinions of why Jake Brydon has decided to take on the leading role to free a child rapist, I’m quite unclear why Doug is doing this. Even he admits that he doesn’t know why he’s defending Kelley other than that he’s just acting on a gut impulse. I for one am thankful our legal system relies on facts.
JS was formed as a front for the GK Movement, passing itself off as a separate movement designed to ensure that justice prevails in Williamson County. Though Douglas repeatedly states that the page is not a Greg Kelley page, its clear intent is to give more legitimacy to the legal aspects of obtaining a new trial for Kelley. The few random posts regarding other cases on the JS page are merely tossed out there in an attempt to convince you that their focus is not solely on the Greg Kelley case.
If you’ve read my previous two blogs, you will see that I am quite passionate about getting the truth out there regarding a local case of child sexual abuse. There are two sweet little boys in my community that were raped by a young man they trusted, who lived in the home daycare where they were being cared for.
These children and their families have been through enough, but a small group of individuals has made a concerted effort to discredit these children by suggesting their outcry testimony was made up. And worse than that, they create discourse in our community by bashing our Police Department and worse yet, work to free these children’s rapist.
It’s been several months now since the conviction and sentencing and these families should be on the road to healing…in private. But instead the re-victimization of these children by the shameful rallies and protests of this group, keeping this case in the spotlight, has impeded their healing process.
I believe we, as a community, can do more to protect these children from being further victimized. I believe it’s our right and our duty to stand up for them.
You can do that by making a donation to their fund. This fund will be split equally between the two survivors. They can use the money for counseling, college, or even a vacation away with their families where they can enjoy being together and heal.
If you can’t afford to donate right now, please pray for these little boys, God’s precious little creations, that they would move past this horrific event in their lives and grow up knowing they were believed.
Here is the link to the GoFundMe.
Thank you to all who have donated so far!
Greg Kelley was convicted on two counts of Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a child on July 15, 2014. This conviction came after a jury of twelve members listened to the testimony presented by both sides. What the jurors used to base their decision on included the following key points:
- A detailed, eyewitness account of the rapes by the child who identified Greg Kelley as the abuser, and also identified “Greg’s room” as the location of the attacks. The child also described the lotion Greg Kelley used during the abuse, pointing out that it wasn’t white like the lotions he’s seen before. The child said Greg’s lotion was yellow (a detail too small for a child to make up).
- The daycare owner initially told Detective Dailey that Greg did not have access to the children because she said he was never there when the children were there, and she insisted that the boys were lying. She also said the children were not allowed to go upstairs where the bedrooms were.
- The daycare owner changed her story to Detective Dailey several times, finally admitting that Greg Kelley actually was there at times when the children were there. She also admitted the children did have access to roam all over the house, including upstairs, and that it was possible that Greg Kelley could have been alone in his room with the children.
- A witness testified that Greg Kelley had told him on several occasions that he was a Marine Sniper, and that he would be deployed to Afghanistan within the next few weeks.
Several months ago I did something I rarely do, I turned on the news. I prefer to live in my little bubble where the world is sunshine and roses, so typically when my husband turns it on I slip away to my room with a good book. But one particular night I stayed and watched, and learned of a local high school student who’d been charged with sexually assaulting two four year-old boys in my city. It’s heartbreaking, but its not unusual to hear of pedophiles being convicted…another reason I steer away from the news.
But there was something different about this particular story. A group of about 100 or so people, mostly high school students themselves, were gathering at the school of the accused, Greg Kelley. The anger and passion I saw in their faces and heard in their voices was something you’d naturally expect in a child molestation case, however, the anger wasn’t directed at Greg Kelley. The anger was directed at those who “unjustly accused him” — the children. I was shocked, and for a moment it was as if the television had sucked the breath from my lungs. How was it possible that so many could doubt these children, and how could they be so cruel to doubt them so publicly?