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WHAT IF SANDUSKY IS INNOCENT? PLAYING DEVIL’S ADVOCATE . . .


Earlier this week, Jerry Sandusky was scheduled to appear in court. He was to be confronted by his alleged victims who have decided to come out into the open, show their faces and go into vivid details of what they allege took place in the form of perpetrated sexual assault. One news reporter commented that … Continue reading

A “SANDUSKY” IN MY OWN BACK YARD?


Breaking news has been released today there were three arrests of coaching staff and youth pastors being arrested for sexual contact with minors in my hometown. Polk County is not a place one wants to be brought up on such charges. Most of the nation is familiar with the name of our Sheriff, Grady Judd. … Continue reading

PENN STATE – WHY ARE THE VICTIMS SO READY TO TESTIFY NOW?


Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: Sandusky is innocent unless and until proven guilty. That makes these brave young men “purported” victims. So goes the Constitution. . . I think the count is up to eight victims who are insisting they want to come forward to testify against Coach Sandusky, alleging sexual assault … Continue reading

PENN STATE, JOE PATERNO AND THE OTHER PLAYERS – A Blonde’s Editorial


By this time, it should not be necessary to title this post “What About the Alleged Child Sexual Assaults Perpetrated by a Staff Member of the Penn State Athletic Department?” Being a survivor of childhood sexual molestation, it is difficult for me to keep a cool head when a story of this nature breaks. The … Continue reading

If a child has said they have been inappropriately touched should you ask the perpetrator about it?


A dirty secret – Who do you tell? Amazingly, the title of this post was actually a search term used to get to my blog site. I only wish I could personally speak to the person who was conducting that search, but will hope that somehow they will find this message and get some of … Continue reading

Society’s View on Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence


How far have we come? I recently read an article stating a television personality “got what she deserved” when she was gang-raped. Another tweeted ridiculous comments, begrudgingly eventually apologizing – sort of. Can we say “Neanderthal?” First, it should be brought to that commentator’s attention rape is not a crime driven by lust or horniness. … Continue reading

Presence of the Past – A Challenge for Survivors of Abuse


We have heard it so many times―You just have to get over the past. It’s an easy enough statement to make, but not so simple to do. For years I have stated, and even included in my book the admonition, “The past is for learning from, not living in.” But the truth is, the very … Continue reading

How Have Casey Anthony and Jaycee Dugard Affected Victims of Sexual Abuse?


I’ve been working on my second book. Sometimes things come to me in the writing process that simply cannot wait to be put between two covers. Today is one of those times. As I recollect the emotional strain an entire nation experienced while enduring the Casey Anthony trial, followed shortly by the Jaycee Dugard interview, it … Continue reading

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM JAYCEE?


“Silence is golden.” It was almost a mantra for decades, if not centuries. There was even a top recording released in the 60s by that title, “Silence is golden, but my eyes still see.” As Diane Sawyer was closing the national news recently after another look at her interview with Jaycee Dugard, her final remarks … Continue reading

Casey & George Anthony—On Behalf of Victims of Molestation


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 … Continue reading

Finally! Men Are Speaking Out About Being Molested


When it’s time to revisit some issues, I am convinced one must simply face the facts that perhaps some things have changed, and it’s time to turn the prism to see another facet. Now is one of those times. We have always known there are hidden masses of adults who were victims of sexual molestation … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Casey Anthony – From a Victim of Molestation


Dear Miss Anthony, This letter is being written on an assumption that perhaps you truly were a victim of molestation as a little girl. Your defense is based upon that purported molestation and, that because of such victimization, you went into a mode of self-protection cloaked in pathological lying.  I can comprehend how that would … Continue reading

How Does Casey Anthony’s Defense Strategy Relate to Victims of Molestation?


The more this case goes on, the more it seems to be a pie of several sorts. You cut into one piece to find cherry, yet the next may be peach or even chocolate cream. How is that possible? She professes to have been sexually molested by her father and her brother, yet another part … Continue reading

Casey Anthony’s Defense─I Was Molested


NOTE: This is strictly the opinion of the writer and in no way asserts innocence or guilt on the part of the subject. Now that I have the disclaimer out of the way, I’d like to clearly state my opinion on the manner in which Casey Anthony’s team of lawyers has decided to play their … Continue reading

What are Some Signs of Child Molestation?


Several have been asking me what some of the signs of child molestation are. My first suggestion is to go directly to the RAINN website―do not stop, do not pass “Go,” do not hesitate, but go there, read their information and if you feel it is necessary, call them. They are the experts. Another important … Continue reading

Sexual Predators – Are You Really Just Googling?


It has amazed me, some of the search engine terms people are using that pop up on my blog site stats, and it has also, at times, sickened me. I realize there is a possibility other bloggers may be seeking valid and acceptable information to utilize on their own blog posts, but some of the … Continue reading

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH


Why hurt the children? Do we stop to consider that verbal/emotional abuse harms children? It can cause scars that will remain within their minds and hearts for their entire lives. Calling a child “stupid” is inexcusable. Leading them to believe they are inferior or dispensable is abuse, plain and simple. While many take exception with … Continue reading

USE THE VICTIM SUPPORT PAGE


Many of you are now regular visitors here at my blog, and for that, I am grateful. It means somebody is truly interested in learning more about domestic violence—or that they need to know more about it, because they are in it. There is a lot of valuable information on the Victim Support Page of … Continue reading

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, WHEREVER YOU ARE


        Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month? I hope there is some sort of event taking place in your area, or that an agency or organization will be doing something to bring more attention to rape crisis intervention. Here in the Tampa Bay area you will have the … Continue reading

When I Chose to Speak Out-Revisiting the Book


I have begun working on a second book, one providing not only answers from my own life to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence, but also to bring in major players in the advocacy work against domestic and sexual assault awareness as contributors. It seemed sensible to revisit one of my more successful … Continue reading

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