"What powerful and talented young people. I hope they realize howall
of us admire them for their strengths as well as their talents."I hope they realize their father is now sitting in jail probably for a longtime... the guy who set them on there career paths funding their schooling
atJulliard and elsewhere. Where is their compassion for an obviously
troubledfather?"They probably wanted him out of the money
loop."Which money loop would that be... the one that funded
their careers? Despite hisfailings, they owe him big time for funding
their careers. The least they can dois visit him in prison now and then.
You know what strikes me as one of the saddest things? They were worried if
they "would have a career or not" if they went public! Honestly,
sweet girls, you DID NOT do anything wrong!!!!!Just another tactic
of abusers, to make the child think they were bad or wrong.Anonymous
Infinity, your comments do not even deserve a reply.
Re: Anonymous Infinity | 10:54 a.m. Jan. 5, 2012 "They probably
wanted him out of the money loop"You are either downplaying
their father's dept of depravity or else you are acknowledging it and are
suggesting that the victims should have kept their mouths shut and allowed him
to abuse another little girl. It took courage for the victims to
come forward and the world is a better place because they did.
Really Anonymous Infinity? You probably would blame a murder victim and spin it
some way that the person was at fault for being murdered. What this father did,
is indefensible and he has been proven guilty. These girls probably carried
this dark secret for years, not realizing that they were all victims. I am 57
and there are still things that I am starting to process and understand about
things, so how does a young woman process this? I am so proud of these young
women and their brothers to work though this heart ache and to hold their heads
up high. I also know what they mean about more expression in their music.
Music is pure expression and they probably were all mechanics when they played
before, one and two and three and four, soft, loud, every little mark and rule
on the music, they played it, but now they have opened up their soul and part of
their heart is playing now. Brown children, give yourself permission to be
happy and maybe you could change your last name to White or Gold or something,
and your maiden surnames. Just a thought.
Truth and justice are where it's at. There is no salvation in sweeping these
things under the rug. Good for these sisters!
Thank you Walker. there is indeed much to be said about an angry or vengeful
teenager in making this kind of accusation. If it is totally unsupported then
it needs to be totally forgotten. I have heard of uncontrollable teens accusing
a parent of abuse (physical, emotional, or even sexual) that were unfounded and
then the parents CAN'T discipline the child at all. That being said, after an
exhaustive investigation and over 600 counts, he's where he deserves to be.
congratulations to these wonderful survivors!
One vital key element to this whole story is that there is NO statute of
limitations in Utah for abuse cases. Because of that, these girls were able to
come forward and deal with the pain of the abuse, and to begin healing from it,
when their minds could wrap around it. Thank goodness there is such
a law in Utah. Now, if the rest of the country would follow suit.
The Browns are not only doing the right thing to deal with their own
circumstance, but they are doing an incredible job bringing attention to the
needs of others who are facing similar plights. I applaud the Browns for
working with national agencies to help bring appropriate attention of these
serious crimes to lawmakers in other states and on a national scale.
I applaud the courage of these girls, but question why the mother was not
charged as an accomplice. Also, it is important to remember that
not everyone charged with child abuse is guilty, esp. in cases of sexual abuse
where there is no physical evidence. There are many men whose lives have been
destroyed because a dysfunctional teenage daughter/step-daughter wanted to 'get
even' with her dad.
Thank you girls for protecting other children even though you yourself were not
protected. I applaud you for your courage.
Applause and more applause for these courageous survivors! I can't imagine
surviving something this terrible and then having the world find out about it,
but through the example of these women we see how effective they were at
preventing their lecherous father from preying on other young people. Brave*,
Brown sisters! (*And I do mean that in the feminine plural form!)
...as a "survivor"(I LIKE that!)of young childhood rape etc, I APPLAUD
THESE WOMEN!I read about another article, I believe it was a university prof,
and it was stated that they weren't "monsters". I BEG TO DIFFER!! THEY
ARE ADULTS AND THEY HAVE AGENCY TO DISCERN RIGHT AND WRONG..if there is a
problem(as we all have problems)they have the option of seeking help and
overcoming(or castration?)their problem....
I also have questions about the 5 Brown's Mother's culpability. In addition, it
apparently revolves around the Father's influence in their professional careers
as well. Follow the money trail. They probably wanted him out of the money
loop. He probably was taking a sizeable portion of the income from them.
Truthfully....what was the total motivation of the children at this point? It
was so long ago. I can't believe this could have been covered up for so long.
Too much of this goes on in every community, good for these young ladies to come
forward and do something about instead of being the "victim" forever.
This article is correct there are abuse victims and abuse survivors. It would be
hard to come forward to put family away in prison these courageous young ladies
are looked up to in a different light now, you are not only talented musicians
now but survivors with a much needed voiceGood job ladies
definitely did the right thing. This stuff needs to be publicly condemned and
prosecuted, which they did.
@brentbot in all reality their mother should probably be in prison too for not
protecting her children from their father? Is that not also abuse?
I truely admire the strength these girls show and their ability to rise above.
to Brentbot--really!? With that suggested logic maybe no on should go to jail
for their crimes! I am sure the girls weighed all that in but realized they had
to come forward for themselves and others and their fathers committed a crime
over and over and over. He needed to be held accountable for that.
I believe the Browns did the right thing and applaud them for coming forward
when they did to help prevent the possible abuse of other children.
Another case in the news recently stated that in Pennsylvania the statute of
limitations is when the survivor reaches 21. If it indeed takes 14 years to be a
able to come to terms with the abuse, Pa and others need to make some
These victims are famous and thus believed more easily from what I have noticed
on these boards. I would hope we are all supportive of victims of this kind of
crime and not judgmental when the facts start adding up. Remember that Pratt
case? That girl was vilified and now Pratt is in jail having plead guilty to
the crime. What if the victim had been famous. Would she have been believed
What economic challenges does their mother now face, with their father in
What powerful and talented young people. I hope they realize how all of us
admire them for their strengths as well as their talents.
I admire their courage and willingness to risk their own careers and well-being
to protect other potential victims. Hopefully their speaking out will give
others courage to come forward, as well. Becoming aware of the reality of child
sexual abuse may help our society to be more aware of the need to believe and
protect abused children.