The gap fails to protect the victim.
When is the Victim of a Crime officially a Victim and afforded the Rights and Protections that Victims deserve? Upon the reporting of the crime? That makes sense, but is incorrect. The Victim of a Crime has no protections as a Victim under the law until an arrest is made or charges are filed or an indictment has been handed down. Until the decision to charge the perpetrator of a crime has been made, the Victim is not yet a Victim. I shall refer to them as “Unvictims.”
The gap allows victims to continue being victimized.
Lacking the rights and protections afforded to Victims of Crimes, the Perpetrator can find ways around any protective order to Harass, Threaten, Intimidate and even Terrorize the Unvictim, causing the Unvictim’s life to become a living nightmare, the kind you believe only exist in horror flicks and Dramatic Lifetime Movies, you know the ones, where somebody has to die in the end.
The gap allows violent perpetrators to remain free.
The Perpetrator is able to bully the Unvictim until the Unvictim can no longer handle living in fear and halts the Investigation in exchange for peace with the Perpetrator thus allowing the Perpetrator to remain free and ensuring Justice is never served.
This is not a horror flick nor is it a Lifetime Movie, although it does have all the makings for one. This is reality. This is the retelling of real life events my children and I have suffered through, survived, and overcome. These events continue to occur today and the will continue to occur until the Perpetrator of these horrendous acts and terrorization of my family gets everything he wants and not one minute before. The law will not stop him. The law looks the other way. By law, we are not Victims nor will we ever be considering the main investigations have been halted by one of the Unvictims in exchange for the end of the living nightmare and the terrorization of her soul.
That is not all the Perpetrator demands. The Perpetrator demands silence from myself and the other Unvictims. The Perpetrator demands sole custody of the only child he still has rights to. The Perpetrator demands the mother (that’s me) walks away from the child and forgets he ever existed. The Perpetrator demands the mother pay him Child Support to live off of. Until these demands are met, the Perpetrator will continue on his self-proclaimed mission of seeing to it that the mother is completely destroyed, imprisoned or dead.
Silence? Daddy always said I had a problem with authority and running my mouth. He said running my mouth would cause me trouble but never did he say I should keep my mouth shut and my mind to myself. Over the next few weeks, I shall tell the tale of how the Cochise County Sheriff’s Investigations’ Unit shelved an investigation of long-term, sexual abuse and molestation of a child beginning at the age of 9 and continuing non-stop until the age of 15, ignored pleas for help to stop the living nightmare, allowed the perpetrator of the child sexual abuse and molestation to terrorize the Unvictims of his crimes and to remain free to continue molesting children and how it was one of the Unvictims who eventually landed behind bars in an attempt to defend herself.
They never notice a thing until the victim fights back.