They were the dialogues we found nine years ago in our computer’s history—the sordid record of how a 46-year-old family friend wormed his way into the heart of our then 15-year-old daughter Kalyn.
My heart sank as I read those sickening words once again. I love your beautiful hair was intertwined with sweetie and I love you. My stomach churned afresh as I read it. I suddenly remembered why I had hidden them back in the deepest corner for no one to see.
As the Sandusky trial begins this week, I was not a bit surprised at the news today of the “love letters” that would be presented by the victims as evidence of Mr. Sandusky’s illegal activity. I remember hoping that those same internet letters I had buried in my drawer would have been entered in our court proceedings.
I wanted to scream to the jury, “Can you not see how this man tricked my child? His subtle tactics of attention, flattery and ‘neediness’ lured her into his web of deceit?! Her teenage mind was defenseless against his charm.”
I can only imagine what the victims and their families are going through as they enter into the world’s stage. Will their stories be believed? Will the public laugh at the manipulation that defiled their young souls?
I am sure we will in the coming days hear more of the grisly details than we need to hear. But before we just sensationalize the plot for the sake of sordid entertainment, perhaps we could redeem some of the proceedings for the Lord’s purposes.
Perhaps we, as parents, will come to recognize what my husband and I did not understand…the trail of missed clues of the grooming behaviors that would have uncovered the predator in our midst.
I will be watching this case and praying. Watching to learn and praying for both the victims in Pennsylvania as well as the victims hidden in every corner of the globe. Will you join me?
Perhaps your family has been touched in some way with the tragedy of abuse. If so, I want to hear from you. I believe the Lord is calling us together to say…NO MORE!
By Lisa Cherry, author of Unmask the Predators: The Battle to Protect Your Child
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