A recent attempted murder in Brooklyn includes claims of sexual abuse.
Melanie Blow comments on a recent attempted murder in Brooklyn, New York.
There are many sad things about this article, not the least of which is how ignorant the reporters are of the facts and complexities surrounding child sexual abuse.
The reporters seem shocked that there can be pleasantries in a family in which incest has occurred. This is a common, but dangerous, misconception. When a parent rapes their child, it changes that relationship forever, but the child is unlikely to spend the rest of their childhood hiding and cowering from that parent. Cruelty doesn’t extinguish love, at least from the victim’s point of view. Whatever good times and warmth that existed between the parent and child have not been erased. This leads to a very conflicted child. They have been hurt enormously by someone they care about, and that’s hard to reconcile- if an adult reporter can’t grasp it, how can a child?
Other details of this girl’s life are consistent with surviving sexual abuse- running away, getting involved with prostitution, and harboring vast anger that can turn into violence. Many people on the street seem to support death penalty for child rapists- which is different from the vigilante justice this girl attempted. A few years ago, when this issue came to the Supreme Court, every major expert in the field advised the court not to support making child sex abuse punishable by death. Two of the major arguments against it were
that families would be much less likely to cooperate with the police if it meant the possibility of seeing their child, spouse or sibling put to death, and also because of the burden it places on a child to know that their actions resulted in the death of someone they cared about. Experts realize how conflicted sexually abused children are about their abuse and their relationship with their abuser. And this conflict results in not only emotional anguish, but it often delays the victim talking to law enforcement about their victimization. Which underscores the need for Statute of Limitations reform.
Based on this article, no one can know if this girl was raped by her father or not. The reporters describe behaviors that are consistent with being sexually abused. The reporters display a complete ignorance of the behavior of sexually abused children. But, with their ability to influence public opinion, this ignorance is contagious, and spreads the myth of the “perfect victim”, which this girl is not. This pervasive ignorance is one of the things we all need to fight against in our battle reform Statutes of Limitations. But ignorance, just like injustice, can be overcome.
Brooklyn teen recruits two thugs to kill father over incest claims: authorities
She was the apple of his eye — and rotten to the core.
Brooklyn dad Michael Joseph remembers his darling daughter kissing him gently one hour before dispatching two knife-wielding gangbangers to butcher him, authorities said.
The 14-year-old let the would-be killers inside their Flatbush apartment Oct. 28 and provided the kitchen knives intended to carve up her sleeping dad, according to authorities.
The terrifying teen convinced the cold-blooded co-conspirators to gut her father by claiming that he raped her, one of the suspects told police.