More than 10 years ago I decided to write a book almost no one reads after 2 years of fighting for consequences for Charles.
He had dodged mandatory sentencing when the local DA chose to not charge him with any of the more serious allegations against him—multiple, aggravated sexual assaults.
We had been lied to and our victims’ impact statements disappeared.
Only one of dozens of public officials I contacted tried to “look into” our case.
We moved and I told myself I should just expect no help the next time.
I wrote a book so that the story would be there for others. I warned people it was not a fun book to read.
A year ago a friend called me and told me her young daughter had been brutally and repeatedly raped by a former MLB player who began coaching children when he retired from baseball.
The victim told a clear story of assault, abuse, and video recordings of abuse. She has always struck me as a very truthful person. The story she tells is cogent and strongly suggests she was not the only victim and that other young girls were raped and their rapes were recorded and shared.
The local law enforcement never arrested the alleged assailant. He was never charged with a single crime.
The local FBI cautioned the victim’s mother that she should not bother the local police with the story.
Here was an outcry which strongly suggested multiple minors had been raped and those rapes had been filmed and disseminated.
Nothing happened. The alleged rapist still coaches children.
After Uvalde I called the head of DPS and his receptionist sent me to a voicemail of the Texas Rangers. I have had no success in trying to help this family. They moved to another state but the trauma and threat remain.
And what about all the other potential victims? What about the possible footage of the rapes?
What should we all do
When no one comes to save us?