While catching up on Jamaica Star's latest reports, I came across a story in the Dear Pastor section. Apparently, a 17 year old was being sexually abused by her stepfather and her mother did nothing about it even though she told her. So the story starts out like this, the teen says she's dating a 27 year old whom her stepfather doesn't like (jeez I wonder why). On two occasions while she was at home alone with her stepfather, he raped her then threatened her not to tell anyone. It was after the second assault that she finally developed the strength to tell her mother, but unfortunately
she didn’t believe her daughter. What pissed me off was how the mother asked the stepfather about it in front of the girl, and allowed him to beat her daughter right there and then without stopping it. I mean, WTH?
After such an horrific event, the girl became depressed and ran away. But then again, who wouldn’t. She was then discovered by her stepbrother, who convinced her to return home and stay with her younger sister. It was not until the stepfather attempted to rape the younger daughter that the mother finally put him out of the house and ended her fantasy of thinking she had the perfect man in her life, well, that’s what I assume she thought.
Things are now looking up for the girl; her boyfriend is sending her back to school in order for her to become a nurse, and her mother is trying to get back into her good graces. To be honest, I don’t know if I could forgive my mother if she didn’t believe me when I told her something like that about the man she married. But I’m still glad they’re trying to mend their relationship, because in the end, that’s still your mom and you’re still her daughter.
What I also picked up from this story is that the stepfather went without any punishment, when they should have called the police and have him thrown in jail for his unscrupulous actions. That’s another WTH moment.
Sexual abuse is something that happens often in society, families in particular with such a situation as the aforementioned story. Many stepfathers are abusing their stepchildren and not one but several occasions. Sometimes the abuse goes on for years without end. As I’ve always emphasized, if someone’s hurting you, family, friend, or stranger, it’s best to seek help. It’s hard, but don’t remain in such a painful situation.
What do you think about the story?