this story is just plain sad. and unnerving.
and it happened near where we live. no, not our neighborhood. not within a stoe's throw. but close enough that it just sickens me.
the young girl who was assaulted and her brother are basically the ages as my girls. now, i'd like to say that i would never have let them go to said park alone, but with a view from a window...hard to say. i "think" i would not let them go there, just the 2 of them.....
i have made comments in the past such as:
"even if we do put in a fence the kids & the dog really won't ever be outside without me there, too."
(this stems from the fact that kids are not safe outside in this day & age, even just riding their bike in front of the house or running throught he sprinkler...yes, when we 3 are outside and I need to go back inside - bathroom, answer phone, get h2o or snack - all of us go in...because....)
"everyone i don't know is a pedophile or kidnapper."
(ice cream van drive? yup. any unfamiliar vehicle or person in the area? yup. those people who go door-2-door to tell you the end of the world is coming soon, or selling candy bars/books/candles to "better their lives"/earn a scholoarship? yup. the older kids scootering/biking/walking who i do not recognize as neighbors? yup. ev.er.y.one. why do i say/believe this odd statement? about 8 years ago i worked somewhere that counsels sex offenders (adult & juvenile) and there was a group therapy that met during one of my shifts each week...i also did transcribing for the psychiatrist...so not only did i know in general terms why each person - generally men - were there, i also had details because i typed up each psychiatrist visit...and i can tell you that a main characteristic of these offenders was simple: kindness...they are kind because that is how they groom their victims! and some of the people looked like regular, good-hearted people...not the greasy-haired, slimeballs that one might have in their imagination...gives me the heebie-jeebies...)
and the fact that the offenders in the horrible incident are reported to be 12 & 13 year old boys? seriously?? sigh, sad. sad. sad. and i am not even going to write about my feelings about the fact that thoughts that these 2 juvenile sex offenders recorded - then tried, unsuccessfully to delete - the assualt. and, if convicted, may not receive much in the way of punishment (probation is highly likely - in fact the boys are currently not incarcerated but where allowed to go home with strict terms: no cell phones, no contact with younger children).
so until further notice i will remain hypervigilant when it comes to my daughters. i am guessing this will not change any time soon. unfortunate for what that says about the world we live in now, but good for the protection of those precious girls!