by Rick White

The Other "S" Word
Rick White
1 John 4:10, Hebrews 10:11-12, Romans 5:8
March 28, 1993 am

Introduction: There is a little eight year-old girl in Salem, Mass. who is trying to put her shattered life back together again as a result of an incident that took place at a friends house. She is suffering from insomnia and depression as a result of the incident. Sometime during the pre-dawn hours her little friends father came into the room where she was sleeping and sexually abused her. To make matters worse he came back a second time and abused her once again.

Fortunately the girl did tell her parents about this tragic situation and the man was arrested, tired, and found guilty of the brutal crime. Unfortunately the judge who heard the case placed the man on probation because he said the offender did not fit the pattern of the chronic offender. He stated that the man had been under unusual stress and was suffering from what the defense described as an Impulse Control Problem. That's all it was, an Impulse Control Problem.

I sure hope that man doesn't get under stress once again. As a father with two beautiful daughters I hope he doesn't experience an Impulse Control Problem again. Meanwhile that little girl is left to put life back together again. She must now cope with trusting older men, she will have to decide about appropriate sexual feelings, she is going to have to figure out how to get thorough the night without a nightmare.

How dies that true story affect you? How do you feel about a sex offender getting off Scott free? How do you feel about an eight-year-old girl who is so traumatized that life might not work out so well for sometime?

Deep in the sub-conscience of human beings there is a sense that wrong doing should not and must not go ...

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