There isn’t more to add as it has already been all over the National news. I think the whole story is extremely sad. But I read something over the weekend which also disturbed me. There was an article in the paper about how local businessmen are showing sympathy toward Johnsons. That they feel bad for him. He has been getting away with abusing his young step daughter FOR YEARS…yet he is gaining sympathy. Would these people be sympathizing with some Joe Shmo down the street who was caught doing the same thing? No. But because this man has more money than God he not only gains sympathy but also special treatment in the press and in the courtroom. The courts agreed to protect him by keeping the records sealed. The paper isn’t allowing reader comments on any of his stories even though they do not disable them for others with similar charges.
I don’t get it. I mean, I am not naive. I know that money talks. But for it to be so blatant is astonishing to me. We are talking about the life of a little girl here. This isn’t something that happens and has an ending. There is no conclusion to this for her. Ever. It will remain with her and effect her life until the day she dies. With professional help, a comforting and authentic environment and supportive people in her life, hopefully the damage can be a minimal as possible. But this will always be with her.
When this story first came out, many people said that the girl is probably lying to gain money. These kind of statements make me sick. And this is coming from a person who WAS falsely accused and charged!! I do not support the forming of virtual lynch mob. I think that guilt should not be automatically assumed by merely a charge as I know all too well how that can happen to anyone. ANYONE can be charged with ANYTHING. Trust me on that one. HOWEVER, he admitted it. And I can tell you that the percentage of young children who would wrongly accuse a family member of such heinous acts is VERY low. If a young child is brave enough to come forward despite the pain it would cause, the consequences that may come…YOU BELIEVE THEM!!!
She is the only one I feel sorry for. I could say I feel sorry for the mom, but I do not know how long she was looking the other way. It was her job to protect her. And too often mothers in these situations – probably even more so with the rich and powerful – go into denial mode to keep the peace. Rock the boat and the money might go bye bye. confront and she may risk being alone. So, I do commend the mom from pressing charges. But I cannot bring myself to feel sorry for her when I believe she should have known and stopped it LONG before now.