An news item that received little in the way of national attention took place this week. The sentencing of Rene Lopez to 1,503 years in prison for raping his daughter over a period of four years. Convicted of 185 counts of felony rape, he showed no remorse and actually blamed his daughter for the crimes.
It’s one of the most horrific incidents of rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse ever recorded. This is still domestic violence awareness month and the fact of coincidental timing of this incident only shows how serious a problem this plague of violence against women continues to be.
Child sexual abuse is not rare. Research indicates that as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.1 However, because child sexual abuse is by its very nature secretive, many of these cases are never reported.
If you think a child is trying to tell you they are being sexually abused, be supportive, calm and caring. Do not show anger as this does not help the victim. If you feel they are in immediate danger contact 911 and or Child Protective Services.
Real men do not only protect all women, but they also stand up for those who are most defense-less Our children. Our sons and our daughters…
NATIONAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE HELPLINE 1-866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)
MUSIC: – “The Tears Of God…” – by Russel Blake