I have been trying to decide just how I wanted to continue with this blog. Asking myself what are my goals for the blog?
My number one goal is for Eddie to be located and taken into custody so his girls have a chance of real healing. My next goal is to tell Our Story, partly, to set the record straight and hopefully reach out to others who might be hurting from the same type of betrayal and victimization. I hate that not talking about these types of crimes keeps them hidden and allows predators to continue grooming more victims. I hope to shed light on something so unimaginable and heinous to lesson it's power.
How Prevalent is Child Sexual Abuse? (click on this link for more information)
- Adult retrospective studies show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). This means there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S.
- The primary reason that the public is not sufficiently aware of child sexual abuse as a problem is that 73% of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years. Some never disclose (Smith et al., 2000; Broman-Fulks et al., 2007).
I knew molestation occurred, I was even very fearful of it occurring (so we were always very cautious) but I had no idea at what an alarming rate sexual molestation occurs.
In thinking this through there are some lines I did not want to cross. I do not want to re-victimize the victim in my family, with that in mind I will only refer to what actually happened by the legal term of what Patrick should have been charged with or as "the crime." In addition I am going to refer to "the victim" or "our family" mainly. Know the victim was under 12yrs old and the abuser, Patrick D. Rojas, was 22yrs old at the time of the crimes....yes, plural.
I would ask you to send a link to this blog to all your contacts. Last I knew Eddie, Kathy and many of the children are in Italy. I have heard rumors that the two older girls have moved to different areas (One may be a nanny in California and one may be practicing as a midwife/Doula in the States.) You never know, they may be fellowshipping with a friend or relative of yours.
If you know someone in the Gig Harbor/Kitsap area they need to know who Patrick is and what he looks like. Patrick's 2yr probation was up August 2009 and other than being registered as a level 2 sex offender till 2017 he is free to do what he pleases. No one with authority or experience with these types of criminals will be monitoring him. You will only know that he is a sex offender if you google his name or run a back ground check in Kitsap county.
That sends chills down my spine!
Original post: "What I'm Thinking"