My heart goes out to this woman, and I give her my full admiration. This guy
should never see the light of the day. He robbed her--and six others--of their
lives, their innocence, and their safety. But he did not just steal from them;
he stole from us. Our communities would be so much stronger had this woman and
the other victims been able to realize their potential rather than be harrowed
by an attacker. Nevertheless, we see her strength shining through. What a strong
person! She is so strong. I admire her willingness to speak publicly. She will
bless so many others with her courage. She says she admires Elizabeth Smart; I
admire both of them. They are both equally strong!!!!
What kind of horrible kids harass a classmate when they find out she was raped?
Rebecca Mills: In the photo in the paper today, you still look very young, like
a teenager. Whatever you decide in your mind, you CAN do it, and you can do it
without losing the time you lost. I know that sounds crazy, and in a way it is,
because it isn't literal. But roll with me here -- I have things I was
unable to accomplish in my 20s because of things that got in the way. I am much
older than that now, but with youthful enthusiasm, I am being given a second
chance. I am not 25 anymore but I can still accomplish the things I didn't
get to accomplish when I was 25.I read that Mark Spitz was offered a
million dollars if he could make the Olympic team more than 20 years after he
first appeared in the Olympics. He didn't make it, but while trying, he
beat some of his swim times while in his 40s that we swam while in his 20s.
That is amazing.And you are amazing for going public, letting your
photo be published. And you too can still accomplish the things you didn't
do yet. You CAN!
@UteMiguelIt happens more than you would think. Kids can be vicious
with each other... especially in high school.
I know many survivors of sexual assault, many in attorney-client, group therapy
for my own depression, and other privileged and confidential relationships.
Especially if they do not receive the right expert counseling, etc., this trauma
can and often does push them toward destructive behaviors and otherwise
devastate their lives. I am glad that this young woman finally got the help she
needed. Teens and other fools can be very ignorant, stupid, and
cruel in these situations where they should be supportive. I was appointed to
represent one child rapist, mercifully only on appeal, and was horrified when
she was driven to attempt suicide by people who didn't know the facts on
court record the jury had heard and attacked her for testifying against her
rapist a family member. I contacted her mother, and her through her mother,
made it very clear that though my client denied everything, the jury and Best
wiI believed her, and provided her with some referrals for help.