reply to post by argentus
I understand your emotional convictions and your stance on this issue.
I also have seen firsthand the horrors of child abuse and molestation, in fact I narrowly escaped it myself in the last place you would expect ...
When I was around 7, my mother was friends with a foster couple who took in foster kids, and we would visit them regularly. I was friends with the
kids and at first glance everything seemed nice enough ... They lived in a large house, had 3 square meals a day, the necessities and more etc.
They seemed like a loving family that consisted of the parents, a teen girl (the eldest) her preteen brother, (the middle child) and a little boy (the
youngest) whom although was not related to them by blood was their brother.
Occasionally though the older brother would tell me about "trouble" but he would never give details, only that he was troubled and that he was
depressed. I never could understand why he seemed so depressed whenever I stayed over at his house everything seemed so perfect.
Sometimes when I visited, the foster father would put the sister, the older brother and I in a room to watch a movie while he would go into another
part of the house with the little brother ... He and the little brother seemed very close and they were always together ... it was almost unnatural to
me, but I was only 7 or so and I had no suspicions at the time.
This activity would happen often and sometimes the father would switch off between the kids he would take with him to be alone. None of them said
anything to me about what happened to them but they each seemed troubled.
In the later years I found out that the foster father had been molesting all of his kids and especially the younger brother. Luckily I was never
abused in such a way ... but to think I was actually in the same house when this happened sickens me to this day. Luckily the sister finally told the
foster mother ... who had no idea even though it took place in her own home, her husband was the culprit, and her children were the victims.
When the authorities found out the couple lost their foster license and the father was sent to prison while the mother lost her kids, her house and
ended up living in her car. I cannot image the suffering that her and her children have gone through because of that man. I have seen lives ruined
because of these disgusting human beings ... and I honestly believe anything that keeps them at bay ... even if just a little longer ... is well worth
it if it saves even just one child from such pain and suffering.
Not only that but these cartoons have no victims (in my opinion) ... and I must stay true to my beliefs of freedom and justice ... even if my
emotions say otherwise. It is not always easy, but I believe it is the right thing to do.
I just thought I would just share this with you guys ...
[edit on 16-2-2010 by Nurv47]