I will not try to hook my kids up with job opportunities when they hit their teenage years. I won't pick up that Gap application for them. I certainly won't pick up the phone. I'll force myself to let them try on their own.
True justice is not measured by what we think we would do in a similar situation; it is measured by the law and how the law applies to certain facts. It is time to stop using the law to blame the victims, and instead find solutions that truly protect our nation's children from violence and abuse.
Everyday, around the country, there are 12 step meetings, support groups and therapists' offices filled with families of substance abusers and violent offenders grappling with these issues. Many more have yet to seek help.