A Dangerous Place

One is supposed to be safe in one's bed.

Under the duvet, even the creatures who live under the bed can't get at you.

But a young girl with "special needs" was attacked and "sexually abused" by someone who broke into her bedroom through her 1st floor window.

Does it make any difference that it happened in Chicago?  No.  I don't think so.

A bedroom is not supposed to be a dangerous place for young girls with Special Needs.  A bedroom isn't supposed to be a dangerous place for ANY kid, special needs or not. 

And that bedroom could have been anywhere.

And that's the scary part of this whole story on the News last night.

That bedroom could have been anywhere.

Kinda makes you want to put bars on all the windows.

Which is really ironic.



maggie said...

Been reading a lot lately and don't mean to sound like a know-it-all, but the numbers are staggering. Roughly 20% of girls in America are sexually abused as children. If they manage to make it out of childhood without some asshole thinking it's OK to use their bodies and sexually abuse the girl, about 1 in 3 will be abused, sexually or other forms, at some point in their lives. For men, it's roughly 1 out of 6, but they are FAR less likely to say anything and face a whole different set of issues. It's horribly sad and disgusting, any child, any bedroom, any person, any amount of times. The consequences are beyond anything that most people could even begin to imagine. I hope the little girl is able to get the appropriate kind of support NOW so that she can begin to deal with it and hopefully minimize the effects of that kind of trauma. That's the only silver lining I see is that at least, hopefully, people who can help her know it happened. Need to go throw up now. :(

PattiKen said...

The monster down the hall is often more terrifying than the one under the bed. It's sad.