“I’m a child rapist” — a story in four parts: Part IV

Part IV: Heroes My story has many heroes. First is my daughter who made this all possible. Without her courage to speak up and report my abuse, we would not be here today. She was 13 years old when she spoke up, and I cannot say often enough how very courageous she was in doing so. She has worked hard…

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“I’m a child rapist” — a story in four parts: Part II

See also: Part I – Part III – Part IV Part II: The seeds of the man are planted in the child We would all love for life to be simple. You’re a this, and he’s a that. She is white, and he is black. Up is up, and down is down. But it just isn’t that simple, that clear, that…

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“I’m a child rapist” — a story in four parts; Part III

See also: Part I – Part II – Part IV Part III: In and through the pain It was almost 20 years ago, when I was 38, that my stepdaughter reported our sexualized relationship that had been ongoing for several years. She told a teacher at school; it was both the worst and best day of my life. It was the…

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Redemption, forgiveness, restorative justice: Whatever it’s called, it must be for ALL

By Sandy . . . There’s a new phrase in town, and it’s catching on like wildfire. April 29th is the start date for a new CNN program based on this phrase. It is called The Redemption Project, and you don’t have to read very far before – there it is: restorative justice. It is based on the reality that…

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Attention! Special Edition coming!

On the heels of a highly successful Restorative Justice Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, led by Dr. Alissa Ackerman, Dr. Jill Levenson, and other notables, sponsored by our Connecticut affiliate One Standard of Justice, NARSOL presents a four-part series of one person’s story told by him. The author describes his journey as, “In and through the pain — an offender, victim,…

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In Pennsylvania, commit a sexual crime at 12, be charged at 25

By Joshua Vaughn . . . James is a registered sex offender. He was convicted in 2016 of felony statutory sexual assault when he was 23 years old for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl, according to court records. His name will appear on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry for nearly another decade and he will carry a felony conviction for the…

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