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Friday, August 28, 2009

Girl Returns a Woman

Wasn't that good news coming out of California today? A woman who was kidnapped 18 years ago when she was just 11 years old has been found, alive. I'm so happy for her and her family, even though they will have some very hard times ahead of them.

Back when the girl was kidnapped, her stepfather was a suspect and never cleared. Eventually, her mother and stepfather separated. Unfortunately for this young woman, she was held as a sex slave for her kidnappers, a known sex offender, and his wife and had two children by him, the first when she was just 14 years old. She never went to school or had any medical attention.

She must have been so terribly frightened, taken away from her family. Who knows what lies she may have been told and then she was raped, at least twice and who knows how many more times.

She was kept in a shack in the yard of her kidnapper's home. The police were called to the house a couple of times, but they never found that girl.

I hope this woman and her mother can reunite and have some semblance of family life. I'm sure both will need extensive counseling. And, I hope that her kidnapper and his wife receive a speedy trial and sentence and never see the outside world again.


ms/sss said...

I'm sure that many agree with your feelings. I do. If this crime doesn't warrant the death penalty...! God bless the family...mother, two daughters, and all who love them...I know that I should ask God's blessing on the would-be perpetrators. I do, but it's hard! I hope that the medical community, the Church community, and every agency will be on hand to help them heal. It seems an impossible feat, but I won't doubt the wonders of His love.

BetteJo said...

And unfortunately she has bonded with this man and his wife - survival instinct I suppose, and that guy IS her childrens father. Do they even teach therapists how to deal with something so messed up?? Holy cow.