Months before, maybe even as much as a year before we found out that C was a sexual predator we heard a segment on NPR about Kathy Marks’ book about the child sexual abuse on Pitcairn Island.
Most people know Pitcairn for its role in the mutiny on the Bounty. Pitcairn packages itself as a remote paradise but it is not. It is a classic example of what happens when the rule of law is not enforced. Possibly from the beginning of its troubled history Pitcairn has been the scene of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Men would routinely rape young children and the islanders turned a blind eye to the abuse.
I have to admit that I did not want to own the book Ms. Marks wrote about this situation. I hate all of these stories. But eventually I did buy it and I now recommend it for everyone. It is well-written and informative. I want to personally thank Marks for writing it and to tell the victims who spoke out that they are not alone and that their story helped me to do the right thing for my kids. I was so outraged by what happened to them that I knew what to do to help my kids. They did the right thing to speak out.
And the predators who hurt them got a slap on the wrist.
Pitcairn is an example of what happens when you ignore, make excuses for, or protect sexual predators.
If you are a survivor of abuse, please know that you are in my prayers