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Can you rel8 to this?

Do you know anyone who has been molested?  If you are a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a brother, a sister, a grandparent or a walking and breathing human being, it seems that you would be able to identify with this article even if it doesn’t affect you directly.  The reality is, you never know.

Just to clarify what molestation is, in case you are unaware (according to Child Protection Lifetips) child sexual molestation and sexual abuse consists of inappropriate and illegal touching of a child in a sexual manner, or the sexual exploitation of children by taking pictures and videos of children posed or acting in a sexual manner. Child molestation ranges from having the child undress, to touching the child’s genitals in a sexual manner, to forcing the child to perform oral sex, to actual sexual intercourse with the child. Chronic child molesters prefer either their own gender or the opposite gender as sexual partners. Many times, they understand that their behavior is both unlawful and morally wrong in our society, but they are unable to control their sexual impulses. Other child molesters, called pedophiles, don’t believe their their behavior is wrong and that the child actually enjoys having sex with adults.

Now that we have a clear understanding of WHAT molestation is, what would you do if your son or daughter told you that they were molested by someone that they knew – you knew?  What would be your response after going to the authorities to report such a crime only to discover that time had run out on justice – there was NOTHING that the law could do to protect you because of a “statute of limitation?”  What would you do??

See…I understand there must be time frames within the law in order for certain things to happen but I am completely opposed to time limits being placed on murder and sexual assault of any kind.  The impact that being sexually violated has on its victims is a scar that doesn’t heal easily.  Everything about you is damaged and no matter how desperate of an attempt you make at trying to survive in this world as we know it, the mental you is often times drowning.  It is literally the grace of God that keeps many afloat.  Through all of the destructive behavior and internal outbursts, the victim is screaming for help – at the top of their silence.  I hope that makes sense.  And then when they decide that they are ready to release this festering volcano within them to the system that is supposed to, “Serve and protect,” only to be met with…”Sorry you waited to long to tell us,” what does THAT do for this person?  And what is THAT person supposed to do?

So you tell me…should child molesters get to hide behind a statute of limitation or should they be help accountable at whatever point the victim gets the nerve to speak?

Written by Ingrid Michelle for Elev8.com

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