Last week, Dr. Phil interviewed Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the whole Manti Te'o/ hoax, and revealed some sad information about his past.
Ronaiah admitted on Dr. Phil’s show that he was molested a number of times for many years. It started when he was 12-years-old and it was done by a Mormon pastor for troubled youths who was close to his father and family.
He was too ashamed to tell his father and didn’t want to make him “hate the church.” Sadly, the abuse kept happening and went to "every form of molestation and abuse you could think of." He also said that he had been raped more than once.
I think child rape should be considered the most heinous crime in society with the biggest penalties…even more so then murder.
My reason for this is when this happens to a child, they grow up in an enormous amount of pain and on many occasions, when they’re adults they end up hurting other people as well as themselves.
This crime has such a huge ripple effect on society and something has to be done about it. There are too many of these horrible human beings who have previous records that are out free.
Look at Ronaiah; he is another victim of child rape and look at the confused mess he’s become.
Steve made a good point that there have been people he has known in his life that have gone through this and a fair amount turn to drugs or alcohol; it drastically messes up their entire lives.
This should be the biggest crime someone can commit in America, and I believe our politicians should do something about it.
I think they should either be killed, or have their penises removed.
And here I thought you disliked victimization
Don't get me wrong, BJ, victims of rape and molestation are certainly victims. But they don't necessarily need to be considered victims for the rest of their lives. Some use what happened to them as a crutch, and blame everything that goes wrong in their life on it. Others don't give off the tiniest inkling that they've ever been a victim, and it's a complete surprise to learn it.
Perpetrators of these crimes certainly deserve harsh punishments - the big problem is how many perpetrators are never reported in the first place.
But my biggest problem with your article is that you are lumping all victims of rape/molestation into one big category of effed up people who have all sorts of problems in their lives and end up continuing the cycle of rape/molestation themselves. Sure there are some out there like that, but seriously, BJ? To just lump 'em all in like that? YOU of all people, who seems to believe that people need to get past their drama and be strong and independent. Shame on you, BJ.
By the way, yes I went through molestation for about 5 or 6 years straight as a child. My friends and acquaintances would probably never have guessed. I'm a successful professional woman who has been married ten years, and have a more well-adjusted family than most "normal" people I know. And I'm not just some exception to the rule.
I agree with you about what a terrible crime it is, especially knowing someone intimately who has suffered from this as a young girl (my wife). However, your last words are " I believe our politicians should do something about it." Why?! Politicians can't even get the budget balanced and passed, let alone something as important to making our society better. Honestly, we as a society need to start educating our children better about such crimes, and make ourselves more educated about the signs of such acts. In falls in our hands BJ, not those of our politicians.
Oh yeah !!! I believe him this time !!! LOL !!!!!!!!!!!