The case shocked when it was first reported–a man sought help for his daughter who was being sexually assaulted in a Brooklyn park.
The story began to break into pieces within a week of its appearance. The victim was consenting? The victim had been having sex with her father!?
Most of us are done by this point in the story. Too much creepy.
The young woman refused to “do court” and the charges against all of her sexual partners fell apart.
Which leaves several salient questions–
How safe and child-friendly are parks in Brooklyn?
Why were no lesser charges pursued against any of the principals? Public lewdness? Indecency? Incest?
And last–(the one which concerns me the most) what will become of these people?
Especially the young woman.
The explanation of her behavior includes a life of foster care and group homes, a fundamental disconnection from her biological family–a father who could be called predatory at best.
With no more pieces of a biography than that I would hazard that she has attachment disorder, a syndrome caused by neglect and a lack of attachment bonding in babies and young children.
The question of what happens to the adult victims of attachment disorder plagues me because my adopted children have it.
None of us may want to face what happened in that park that night, but we should all question what will happen to her?
How do you teach a woman her own worth or the value of a father who protects his daughter instead of exploiting her?
And what of the men in this story? Each put a biological function of his anatomy over the last shred of his humanity.
My adopted daughter complains that I am not to be trusted because I judge people for things like this.
I would argue that one can only trust those who are willing to judge these things.
It ain’t love if you don’t keep all the little girls (lost or otherwise)…
In the parks of Brooklyn.