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this is the bully pulpit

Posted by Acheick on April 17, 2005 at 16:33:22

In Reply to: Re: is this point true? posted by exer on April 16, 2005 at 17:09:41:

and no doubt is exactly the type of thing that is upsetting to so many people. Too bad, because I think what Jim is doing is good and he has the guts and stamina for it, but his tactics are appearing more and more too strong-armed. He needs to go and find a therapy class to attend and learn how to handle situations with people who were abused as children. He has to learn how not to revictimize them.

As far as a lawsuit, the thing about a monetary lawsuit is that it can bring justice by hitting the pocket book when criminal avenues have been exhausted or are not an option. Think OJ Simpson. Though he was able to fool the criminal law, nevertheless his victims were still able to bring him to task through his pocket book. In the case of TF, this may be the only way many of their victims will be able to find redress through civil litigation - to tell them that they will be obstructing justice by doing this is way off the mark. Many of these SGs do not know where their abusers are or are not able to prosecute them due to many mitigating factors, such as the country they are in, how many years it's been, differing laws in differing countries, etc. Or maybe they weren't exactly "sexually" abused, but were abused in many other ways. This would be one way to finally bring down the whole organization as we know it, and those most responsible for setting into practice the acts that were abusive to these children.

I find this statement by Mr. LaMattery appalling and with little regard to those he seems so concerned about. It's very confusing for me, and quite honestly, disheartening and makes me want to throw my hands up in the air.

People talk about not dividing the exer community so that actions can be taken, but Jim himself is largely responsible for a lot of this division.