>>Now, they find out later that their child is abused, he/she is
> victimized. The abuse is ugly. (I thought about quoting some of the news
> articles here, but really, no. We're not talking about one-on-one
> molestation, we are discussing sexual abuse of small groups of kids.)
> Now, if you're the parents, you are hurting. Your child is hurt beyond
> repair. You have thousands and thousands of dollars in medical care both
> now and in the future. What do you do? How do you help your child and
> pay for the medical care? How do you punish the wrongdoers? How do you
> ensure that this doesn't happen again? According to the literature,
> these are things that a lot of victims want, and quite often, the suits
> are brought for these reasons.
As a side note, I should note that I've known an occasional family whose
child(ren) were harmed badly enough to need a lot of therapy even when they
weren't touched and no laws had even come close to being broken.
This is one set of cases where I have to squelch my immense curiosity about
people and things, and trust that the people who do know have very, very
good reasons to keep details quiet.
Alban, who occasionally wishes very much that tarring, feathering,
and burning alive (after proper legal procedures) were permissible in
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