From Iowa to Vargas

by Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2010

My name is Susan and I live in a small Iowa town.  Not much happens here, and for the most part, I live in a safe quiet community.  A wonderful place to raise a family.  However, like anywhere, we have our own share of hidden secrets.  That is why I am writing you this letter.  To let you know that what happened in Fort Bragg happens everywhere.  Pedophiles live in every City, in every State, and in every Country.  The damage they cause victims, families, and entire communities is the same no matter where you live.

The City of Fort Bragg has recently been in the news regarding the Aaron Vargas case.  I usually don't involve myself in things that happen, however, this case has been extremely difficult for me.  Mainly because I was told 15 years ago that my own story of abuse would make a difference.  In those 15 years since, I can't see how things have changed.  Children are still being raped and killed by repeat sex offenders, cases such as the Aaron Vargas case, gets reported on the news, usually after it's to late and I continue to see the secret faces of sexual abuse victims, showing up in the emergency room, often times on the verge of suicide.

For me, the past 15 years have been spent sitting next to these victims.  We meet every Thursday night to support each other, sharing our feelings, coming to terms with what has happened to us and trying to piece our life together.  We cry, not just for ourselves but for the children who have not yet been born, but will sadly become a victim. Whose nameless face will be placed on another list of statistics.  I am unsure how to change the world, but I do know this, if we don't protect and defend ourselves from these pedophiles, they will continue to destroy and even kill our children.

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