Silence : The Deadly Enabler of Child Sex Abuse

A recent article Dallas Morning News article emphatically demonstrates how crucial it is not only for suspicions of pedophilic conduct to be reported to civil authorities, but for parents to take such preventative action. A 28 year old man and his 17 year old accomplice( posing as a 6th grade student) at Hurst Elementary school in Tarrant county lured and sexually abused  at least 100 children.  http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2014/11/hurst‑police‑hand‑over‑child‑porn‑suspect‑who‑posed‑as‑teens‑father‑to‑federal‑agents.html/

The news report highlighted a Arlington mother who instinctively saved her son from becoming victim 101:

“A 28-year-old man accused of luring potential sexual abuse victims by enrolling a 17-year-old accomplice in a Hurst elementary school was investigated by Grapevine police in 2012 after a woman reported that he had picked up her 4-year-old son and asked to baby-sit the boy. . . . When the woman asked Wesson what experience he had caring for children, he replied, ‘work in Christian youth ministries,’ she wrote. . . . In my head, all I heard was, ‘I want to molest your son, and groom him with Christianity and aquatic sea life.’. . . The Arlington woman wrote an email to the management of Sea Life Aquarium at Grapevine Mills to complain about Randy Wesson, who was an ‘education associate.’ Aquarium managers immediately suspended Wesson. . . . Grapevine police were alerted on Feb. 2, 2012, by the aquarium’s parent company. Officers investigated but found no evidence of a crime. However, Detective Rebecca Graves forwarded the information to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which also looked into Wesson, but no suspicious activity [was] located to suggest behaviors associated with pedophilia. . . . The investigation revealed no criminal history, Graves noted in the police report on Feb. 14, 2012. ‘Based upon these findings, THIS CASE IS CLOSED.

Wesson told officers that he had sexually abused more than 100 children ages 7 to 14 and possessed about 42,000 child pornography images . . . no children in the porn images have been identified. Included in the thousands of images on Wesson’s media devices are three photos depicting pornographic acts involving prepubescent boys that were singled out. . . . Teague said they are relying on parents to talk to their children. ‘We would really like for the parents to figure out if there was any exposure. . . . A very disturbing case.’ Julie Evans, executive director of Alliance for Children, said the case illustrates that parents need to be talking to their youngsters about boundaries and HOW TO ASK FOR HELP.”

But what will become of the 100 who have apparently gone unreported?  Would there have been 99 if number 1 had been reported and pursued? Until probable abusers are properly reported, civil authorities cannot hold perpetrators and enablers accountable, and parents cannot seek timely help from civil attorneys for those children who may be doomed to suffer lifelong effects of such insidious injuries. Parents also need to know how to ask for help—and from whom. There are definitely “Dos and Don’ts” that could critically impact any potential  civil case.

Law enforcement  cannot help if they do not receive proper reports. Civil attorneys cannot help if they do not receive timely reports. No victim should have his or her future stamped CASE CLOSED.

The Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt exclusively represents victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. We stand ready to help you with your legal needs. If you or your child  were sexually assaulted or sexually abused, our law firm can help explain your legal remedies.  For almost twenty years, we have represented victims of sex crimes in civil cases against institutions, including colleges and universities, religious organizations, such as the Catholic church, Baptist church, Greek Orthodox church, Episcopal Church, and Presbyterian church among others. We have also represented victims of sexual abuse in schools,  youth sports organizations,  youth camps, daycares, scouting and the like. You may confidentially contact our office at 214-503-7300 or through our website :  https://tkmlawfirm.com/. You can also become a fan of our firm  on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We post articles and other information helpful to survivors, including current media on abuse cases nationwide, wellness,  self-care and other  mental health news.

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