|What Are You Doing To Protect Children From Your Father?|
What have you done to protect other children from being victimized by your father?
By the time I broke the silence about my abuse, the statute of limitations had run out on me and I was unable to press criminal charges against my father. My elderly father is still alive and still in limited ministry involving children so I take very seriously my responsibility to protect children from him. To this end, I have taken several steps to make sure that his background is known. For several years my father spent the winters in Florida doing children's ministry. I informed the Florida Sheriffs of his background and will agressively pursue further action should he ever enter the state I live in.
Sadly after the publication of my book, I was contacted by law enforcement and informed about another victim of my father who had already come forward. I did not even know her - she was half my age. My book corroborated her account and the police reopened the closed case. Unfortunately the law would not have allowed me to testify on her behalf but I offered to attend court and support this girl all the way. The prosecutors chose not to proceed to trial.
I have advocated on behalf of the other survivor and will do the same for any other victim who comes forward. I am very outspoken and will never carry my father's secret anymore. It is his shame not mine.
The best thing I can do is to keep my father's name out there and to keep telling my story. I have contacted several churches and religious organizations that have contact with my father to inform them of his background. Because of my father's respected reputation, there are many people who will continue to support him regardless of how many victims come forward. In my heart, I believe that there were many other children who were abused. I pray for them and pray for their voices to be heard.