Did you ever sneak out of your house when you were younger? To meet a boy you liked? To giggle with your girlfriends? To cruise around town looking for trouble? MAMAs know nothing good happens after midnight, so we have our 18 year olds in by 11 p.m.! But, what about our 11 year olds? Tucked in safe and sound by 8 p.m., right? So, we don’t know where to begin with this story…
Over the course of three months, an 11-year-old girl snuck out of her house at night and was allegedly raped repeatedly by 19 boys and men ranging in ages from 14 to 47 in a small, East Texas town. The men are all under criminal investigation. Most of the men have criminal records already and all seemed to have reveled in their “secret” bond by sharing company and photos. The little girl said she frequently snuck out of her home at night. She said the men threatened to kill her if she didn’t?! The bright student turned quiet and lost interest in her school work after the rapes began. Her parents said that although their little girl was physically developed, she is just a child, pointing to the stuffed animals on her bed. The aunt of one of the alleged rapists said, “our younger generation is running rampant…the devil is in full control.”
MOMism: “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight.” Well, it’s true. What goes on that late at night? Nothing that parents want our children doing, that’s for sure! We know kids are going to try to sneak out sometimes, so we need to have safety checks in place because creepy things come out at night – and these creepy men are no exception. They committed HELLacious crimes against a little girl. The damage they have done can never be undone.
This little girl apparently snuck out often?! Why or how?! Opinionated MAMAs tuck our KID-Os in at night and lock up, so they are safe and sound. We teach our kids that it’s not safe when we don’t know where they are, why they are there and who they are with…and we must teach our kids that when someone tells them not to tell us something, they must ABSOLUTELY TELL us – no matter what. Role play with them. Practice. ”Honey – If someone ever said ‘don’t tell your mommy, because…’ what would you do?” MAMAs, the devil is in the details. Bad people are persuasive, so our kids need tools to fend them off.
The world is full of good and evil. MAMAs, let’s raise the level of goodness.