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'We've done something to make the world safer,' The 5 Browns sisters say

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  • Miss Piggie Salt Lake, UTah
    Jan. 7, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    "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 hope they realize their father is now sitting in jail probably for a long
    time... the guy who set them on there career paths funding their schooling at
    Julliard and elsewhere. Where is their compassion for an obviously troubled
    father?

    "They probably wanted him out of the money loop."

    Which money loop would that be... the one that funded their careers? Despite his
    failings, they owe him big time for funding their careers. The least they can do
    is visit him in prison now and then.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2012 6:11 a.m.

    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.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:40 p.m.

    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.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Truth and justice are where it's at. There is no salvation in sweeping these things under the rug. Good for these sisters!

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    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!

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Jan. 5, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    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.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    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.

  • TheWalker Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Thank you girls for protecting other children even though you yourself were not protected. I applaud you for your courage.

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    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!)

  • Christmas Carole LAS CRUCES, NM
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    ...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....

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    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. Really..

  • Silly Rabbit Small Town, USA, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    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 voice

    Good job ladies

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    definitely did the right thing. This stuff needs to be publicly condemned and prosecuted, which they did.

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    @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?

  • GAmom Athens, GA
    Jan. 5, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    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.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    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.

  • SME Kearns, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    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 significant changes.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Jan. 5, 2012 5:46 a.m.

    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 sooner?

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 4:11 a.m.

    What economic challenges does their mother now face, with their father in prison?

  • dave31 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2012 8:59 p.m.

    What powerful and talented young people. I hope they realize how all of us admire them for their strengths as well as their talents.

  • ThinkingAboutIt Portage, MI
    Jan. 4, 2012 6:54 p.m.

    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.