The reason this father had to do what he did is not good at all..,but WHAT he did, is very satisfying to say the least. This Dad learned that his daughter was being molested on a continual basis by a man that lived just down the street from them.
He said the way he learned of the crime was disgusting. The man who was molesting his daughter is a 21-year-old and in regards to what he found as evidence of the crime…this is what he had to say:
“I find my daughter like she’s almost eaten alive. It’s sickening when you raise her shirt and look at it. Hickeys all over,” he said.
Shelton Kitchens, who is the father, reported that the man lived very close to the tire shop he owns to take care of his family. He had also learned that it was one day when his daughter was visiting her, that the man had gotten her attention by luring her in with puppies.
“She got lured in by puppies,” he said.
As soon as he had found out what was happening as most parents would do, he called the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office to report the sick crime. The problem he found there however, was not acceptable when the deputy said that they couldn’t file a criminal charge against his daughter’s attacker.
“He called Crimes Against Children in Little Rock. They said they can’t do nothing about it because she’s 16 years old,” he said.
Apparently, in Arkansas, 16 is the age of consent, and there was absolutely NOTHING that law enforcement officers could do in the matter, even if they wanted to.
So..with that knowledge, Kitchens decided he was going to take matters into his own hands.
First, he threw down what he knew about the situation on signs and started a public awareness campaign, and all over town started putting up those signs that read:
“Danger! Child molester lives in first house on the right” and of course strategically placing that sign EXACTLY where it could not be mistaken for a joke.
You should also know…he listed the man’s ACTUAL last name on the bottom of the sign as well.
Sound too harsh? Nope…I’m guessing you are backing Kitchens on this one.
His goal was to help spread the message and push lawmakers to raise the age of consent to 18 in Arkansas.
“I want awareness put to other parents so they don’t have to go through what I’ve gone through the last few days,” Kitchens said.
“It’s going viral. That’s what we want it to do,” said Marcus Rickman, who also works at the tire shop.
The problem however that arose was…not everyone was entirely sympathetic with his cause.
OF COURSE! Someone had to say it right? I’m sure that someone truly believes in that crap too…until his own daughter that goes through the same thing of course.
The girl is 16 years old, the man had 5 years on her…and has already gone through the lessons of being a teenager. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he did it, and knew that she was not of age to truly understand what was going on and to know she had a choice.
Yes, people can blame the parents, they can blame her…they can even blame the puppies.
At the end of the day, 16 years old and 21 years old are 2 very different phases in life. This 21-year-old is a molester, not a man in love.
Now as reported by her father, she is no longer seeing the man and is very traumatized. She will be needing to attend therapy.
What is your opinion on something like this? Do you back the father on his attempt to make a difference?
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