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Disregard for victims of abuse astounding

Editor’s note:?Because of several editing mistakes in this letter, which was published Saturday, the Mirror is printing it again.

I am absolutely appalled at the slanderous and ridiculous comments posed by Ms. Rose Burkhart, as stated in the letter to the editor (“Ward, McGinnis make right call”) published last week.

I stand by her right to an opinion, but I do not condone her slanderous and ignorant comments about victims of childhood sexual assault.

It astounds me that someone could actually regurgitate such lies and out-and-out verbal assault against a group of people, children and adult survivors, of this heinous crime.

It is absolutely apparent that Burkhart is clueless about what this crime really entails and its far-reaching repercussions to those that actually survive it.

I am angry that someone would applaud the actions of those in government, even at this local level, for not doing what is right and necessary to protect the actual public from harm.

At this time, this very statute of limitations is being researched for its own constitutionality.

I find it amazing that she neglected to state the very intense and dramatic means that were undertaken to keep the Catholic sexual abuse scandal under wraps. I also find it amazing that she also conveniently left out all the money that has been spent to cover up these crimes.

It must be OK in Burkhart’s world to put up an unfounded set of lies and political spin to try to once again blame the victims.

The “less than murder” reference? Burkhart needs a healthy dose of reality.

These victims often suffer in silence for years, and often resort to any means possible, both negative and positive, just to live with what they’ve been put through.

Does she really mean to say that memories of murderers 20 and 30 years down the road are perfect cases?

Does she mean to actually make me believe that those same cases are any less heinous because so much time has gone by?

Does she really expect an educated public to accept that these dioceses, who have for years been proven to keep meticulous information about the very rampant sexual abuse of children from the public, from the legal community and its own faithful followers, are correct in their handling of these cases?

It amazes and sickens me how she attacks the victims and then makes a blatant statement about us not having the intelligence to come forward.

It is her written attacks that she has perpetrated in her opinion that is the perfect example of why we, as victims, don’t speak out.

The damage she has done in voicing this so-called opinion is evident in the fact that she has just made it my life-long goal to take the statute of limitations down.

I will seek every measure, legally, to make sure she and others in the state of Pennsylvania, the United States and the world know that sexual abuse crimes against children will not stand.

Thank you to Rose Burkhart for proving that she is not part of the solution, but she and others like her are part of the problem, just like John McGinnis and Judy Ward.

Brenda Dick

Altoona

Disregard for victims of abuse astounding

I am absolutely appalled at the slanderous and ridiculous comments posed by Ms. Rose Burkhart, as stated in the letter to the editor (“Ward, McGinnis make right call”) published last week.

I stand by her right to an opinion, but I do not condone her slanderous and ignorant comments about victims of childhood sexual assault.

It astounds me that someone could actually regurgitate such lies and out-and-out verbal assault against a group of people, children and adult survivors, of this heinous crime. It is absolutely apparent that Burkhart is clueless about what this crime really entails and its far-reaching repercussions to those that actually survive it.

I am angry that someone would applaud the actions of those in government, even at this local level, for not doing what is right and necessary to protect the actual public from harm.

At this time, this very statute of limitations, is being researched for its own constitutionality. That’s right, anyone out there want to talk about constitutionality, bring it. I find it amazing that somebody can sit behind a computer screen and actually type this opinion out, spread it around, much less actually believe it.

I also find it amazing that she neglected to also state the very intense and dramatic means that were undertaken to keep the Catholic sexual abuse scandal under wraps. I also find it amazing that she also conveniently left out all the money that has been spent to cover up these crimes. It must be OK in Burkhart’s world to put up a unfounded set of lies and political spin to try to once again blame the victims.

The “less than murder” reference? Burkhart needs a healthy dose of reality. These victims often suffer in silence for years, and often resort to any means possible, both negative and positive, just to live with what they’ve been put through.

Do she really mean to say that memories of murderers 20 and 30 years down the road are perfect cases? Do she mean to actually make me believe that those same cases are any less heinous because so much time has gone by? Do she really expect an educated public to accept the fact that these dioceses, who have for years been proven to keep meticulous information about the very rampant sexual abuse of children from the public, from the legal community and its own faithful followers is acceptable?

It amazes and sickens me how she attack the victims and then makes a blatant statements about us not having the intelligence to come forward? Are you serious? It is her written – and I’m sure verbal – attacks that she has perpetrated in her opinion that is the perfect example of why we don’t speak out.

The damage she has done in voicing this so-called opinion is evident in the fact that she has just made it my life-long goal to take the statue limitations down.

I will seek every measure, legally, to make sure you and others in the state of Pennsylvania, the United States and the world know that sexual abuse crimes against children will not stand.

Thank you to Rose Burkhart for proving that she is not part of the solution, but she and others like her are part of the problem, just like John McGinnis and Judy Ward.

Brenda Dick

Altoona