One went like this:
He then placed his hand on [her] stomach before moving it under her clothes so that his hand reached the bottom of [her] bra while [she] was pulling away from his unwelcome touch...And the other went like this:
He then placed his hand on [her] stomach before moving it under her nightie so that his hand reached under [her] panties while [she] was pulling away from his unwelcome touch...
One is the story of a 27 year old woman, whilst the other is the story of a 14 year girl.
One is suing for $37 million, and yet the other might be lucky to get $30,000.
One has garnered national headlines, whilst the other has had little publicity.
One story has gone trial in a public court of law, and been found to be true, with the offender found guilty, and given a prison term.
One has only been judged by the media and public opinion.
One offender was the victim's father, the other was the victim's boss.
One story is mine, whilst the other is Kristy Fraser-Kirk's.
My story is of course, the second. I was the 14 year old girl, whom was abused by her father. My story has gone to court, been proven to be true, and the offender was sent to prison. My story had minimal publicity. My compensation looks to be around the $30,000 mark: and the maximum payout that I (and others with cases like mine), am able to get for my father's crimes is $75,000. You must reemember too, that I was not the first girl he molested, and that the crimes he commited against me were mild compared to what others experienced. And I knew some of his other victims: they were hurt in my home, sometimes with me even in the same room, asleep.
How is this right? Now, I am not saying that Kristy's situation isn't appalling, and yes, it shouldn't have happened. But I am saying that media spotlight should also be focused on the the justice system until gets it right with our children's cases, until the child victims of crime get the compensation they deserve. Once a child is abused, the impacts of that abuse reverberate through all of that child's life.
At what price is a child's innocence worth?
At what price justice?