I recently covered the trial of an alleged molestation case and listened to the testimony given. Although there was not any physical evidence introduced in the case, the testimony was disturbing enough. The subject of molestation is a sensitive one but one that MUST be addressed.
I listened as the witnesses testified to the alleged unwanted touches by one individual who they each trusted. These brave young ladies, in my view, showed great courage by coming forward. By testifying to the man’s actions, they prevented another child from experiencing the same emotional trauma they experienced as children.
By giving their testimony, they have risen above what happened to them and will move forward to fulfill a life destined for great things.
Molestation and rape, statistically, are ranked among the most unreported crimes.
My prayer is that by coming forward and reporting the incidents, their bravery will strengthen an abused child to report their predator. Don’t live in silence.
Parents should sit their children down at an early age and explain “good touch, bad touch” and encourage the child to report anything, even if it IS someone within the family or a close friend.
If a child reports sexual abuse to you, get the authorities involved immediately. Let them do their jobs by investigating the claims. Show love and support to the child and just be there for them.
I know it is our first instinct as parents but, don’t take matters into your own hands, that can only end badly.