Two things have appeared in my newsfeeds in the last little while. It’s great that they’re right next to each other like that.
“My uncle started to abuse me when I was only 4 years old. He used what I now know are the common ways that abusers get their victims ready for abuse and keep them silent: he told me that I was special, that he loved me, and that we had our own “special secrets.” Since he lived close to our house, my mother and father didn’t suspect anything when I walked over there to spend time with him.”
“Even though I am scared that I will be abused or hurt again because I am making this victim impact statement, I want the court and judge to know about me and what I have suffered and what my life is like. What happened to me hasn’t gone away. It will never go away. I am a real victim of child pornography and it effects me every day and everywhere I go.
“Please think about me and think about my life when you sentence this person to prison. Why should this person, who is continuing my abuse, be free when I am not free?”
That ellipsis is about three pages long, and I encourage you not to read it unless you’re in the mood for something absolutely awful. From this New York Times article, “Amy’s uncle is now in prison, but she is regularly reminded of his abuse whenever the government notifies her that her photos have turned up in yet another prosecution. More than 800 of the notices, mandated by the Crime Victims Rights Act and sent out by the federal victim notification system, have arrived at Amy’s home since 2005.”
By my count that’s a little more than three a week, every week. One every second weekday.
Exhibit 2: “Miley Cyrus’s nine-year-old sister launches risqué clothing line for pre-teens”.
“Back in October, Noah caused controversy when she attended a Halloween party dressed in a black lace-up mini dress with PVC knee-high boots. She completed her overly grown-up look with a face full of make-up and lashings of red lipstick.
[...] Reaves, who played Cindy Lou in Hannah Montana: The Movie, wore one of her creations – a leopard-print mini-dress, lace tights and fingerless black gloves – in a promotional video with Noah.”
The odds that a 9-year-old can launch a clothing line without a lot of help from a lot of adults? Zero.
Maya’s asleep right now, but I’m going to go and give her a hug anyway. And then I think I’m going to leave her with her mom and go for a walk until I feel a little bit less like killing somebody.
“By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself.” – Bill Hicks