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GOOD AND EVIL: 19 Men Accused of HELLacious Crimes

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.

4 Responses to GOOD AND EVIL: 19 Men Accused of HELLacious Crimes

  1. Anonymous March 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    I speak from my personal life when I was 12 when I say I am struck by sadness at this story.I was 12,sneaking out of the house and was raped by 5 of my supposed friends.I did not have mental issues,I had mom issues.My mother did not ever truly show love to me,nor did she spend time with me or talk to me about the world.Instead she criticized my every move,yelled at me for everything because of her own stresses in life (her marriage,finances,etc.).I had all priveledges taken away (tv,phone,no hanging out after school,no going anywhere,) all I was allowed to do was read.I don't know if this is the same type of issue with this girl and her mother.Nor do I know if her dad was around (mine was physically there,but not in mind and heart).How did the girl get to the point of sneaking out? I did it because there was nothing else I could do.Sadly,my own mom admitted just a few short years ago that she would have done the same thing I did if her mom took away everything like she did to me.I believe it begins with the parents whether they want to accept it or not.My parents knew I was sneaking out,surely hers did.She had signs before the sneaking out began,mom just missed them.It is repulsive that any man would do this to a CHILD.I was a child in a grown womans body as was she.She never saw it coming,I gaurantee that.She was looking for attention and unfortunately it was given by the wrong people.I now have an 11 yr old,& a 14 yr old.I am nothing like my mom and they are thriving from the love,honesty,and talking that I give to them.Both matured physically by the age of 9,but it doesnt mean that they are mature.The part of the brain that is responsible for making decisions does not fully mature until age 23.To the mom,think back to what you were missing-the SIGNS before she snuck out.It begins with the parents.

    • Anonymous March 31, 2011 at 7:54 am #
      Opinionated MAMA

      Angeleyes – I am absolutely blown away by your honesty and insight. I am so sorry for the abuse you went through. You are strong and wise. Some would be bitter and angry. Your children are so fortunate to have the love, honesty and communication you have created – "connectedness" is really what children crave. If they don't get it at home, they go out looking for it…and most of the time, find trouble instead. To all of us moms, we need to pay attention because our kids need it! Thank you for sharing your personal life – we are lucky to have a place where moms can share our experiences to help each other raise great kids!

  2. Anonymous March 31, 2011 at 7:21 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    So much comes into play here that I don'tknow where to begin. First, as a parent, grand parent and a great-grand parent, I can assure each and every one of you, that short of using a ball and chain (and even that may not work) that if a child wants to sneak out, that child will succeed.

    Next,and let's face it, just as there are good and bad children, there are GOOD & BAD parents; however, there is absolutely no short cut to good parenting; nor are there any hard and fast rules, as each and every child is TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM ANOTHER and must be raised thusly.

    Each and every one of the vile and evil nineteen (19) involved in these vicious sexual assaults (they happened on more than one occasion) should never see the light of day.

    • Anonymous March 31, 2011 at 8:00 am #
      Opinionated MAMA

      Yes, I snuck out too – only a few times – but I can tell you that it was when my parents weren't paying attention, which wasn't very often. I think it's a natural tendency for kids to want to push the boundaries, but if they learn early and often where those boundaries are, they won't try to push so much. You are right – GOOD & BAD parenting. Unfortunately, this little girl wasn't getting good, engaged parenting or she wouldn't have been sneaking out all the time! It's not if kids can or can't (cuz "where there's a will, there's a way"), it's why they want to that haunts me.

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