If someone asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ he will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’ Zech 13 v 6

Friday, June 26, 2009

Do Tell

This is something that some friends of mine have had to face. Over the past two years, Patrick attended Chapel Hill Church in the Gig Harbor area (I do not know if he is still attending) and some of my friends knew people that attend that same church. Do they tell them about Patrick? Another example is a friend that knows of someone that is in support of the Rojas family and they share a mutual friendship with someone else. Do they share the story and connect the dots?

I don't even have to hesitate. Yes, you should tell anyone that you know that might be in contact or in community with Patrick D. Rojas or The Rojas family. There is this idea that if you share with someone that Patrick is a registered level 2 sex offender, that you are gossiping. That is a lie. The information is a matter of public record. A consequence of Patrick's chosen behavior is that he will need to be identified as a sexual predator all the days of his life! This is the only possible way to even have a chance of avoiding another child being sexually violated by him, especially since he isn't upfront about his deviant behavior.

One of the reasons our family was victimized was because people around us kept Patrick's previous sexual crimes a secret. Not only that, but his parents, Eddie and Kathy Rojas, encouraged relationships between Patrick and other minor children. I will never understand as long as I live the reasoning behind their logic. Very twisted and sick thinking is all I can come up with. Denial!

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