Throughout the Casey Anthony trial I strongly held the position being molested as a child is not an acceptable defense for murder. I did not take that position to help persecute or prosecute Casey. I heard from many other molestation victims who were just as offended as I had been at the use of that as a defense for a first degree murder trial. Then it began to vacillate between molestation and accidental drowning. Nevertheless, the trial is over. The verdict is rendered, and Casey has been adjudged “not guilty.” It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out the greater majority of Americans do not agree with the verdict, and some are going as far as threatening to murder Casey and/or the jurors who rendered that decision. The fact someone who loathes the young woman that much would be willing to stoop to the same level they condemn her for, expressing or showing the capability of murder, is an ultimate irony.
But—now that the trial is over, I want to address one concern. Putting all other issues aside, can we please take a moment to address the allegations made, publicly, that George Anthony molested his daughter when she was younger? I have been informed by a federal expert that statistics reflect 95% of pedophiles continue in child sexual abuse for the remainder of their days. I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t know what the law states as far as statutes of limitations regarding such perpetration. For those of us who experienced molestation as children, it seems the majority of victims/survivors feel quite comfortable asking for an investigation. It’s just not something that comes up and is immediately dismissed, whatever the circumstances. It is my earnest opinion, though, that lie as she did, with that type of allegation being made, law enforcement should feel compelled to investigate, if for no other reason than to put to rest accusations made against one of their own. Who knows what they might uncover or whom they may exonerate from these allegations?
Carolyn is an advocate for sexual/domestic violence and assault awareness, also focusing on child sexual abuse. She is a Life Direction & Empowerment Coach, working with victims and survivors of molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence or spousal abuse, and bringing training to organizations seeking to help victims. Listen to Carolyn’s interview with Cynthia Brennen, on “Help, Hope & Healing.” Visit her website at orangeblossomwishes.com.