ANONYMOUS: Writer disagrees with Susan Haut’s column

To the editor:

Susan Haut, you are wrong, wrong, wrong!

I was a victim of abuse, rape and beating when I was 12 years old, and again when I was a young mother on my way home from work at night. 

This happened in Macomb County 55 years ago. I went to court even though, at the time, the victim was put through a grueling questioning period, which was very degrading. 

There was a jury trial, and I was in tears for most of the testimony. During a recess, the rapist confessed. He was sentencing to seven to 15 years in Jackson. I have never regretted accusing him in open court and getting “justice” — true justice! 

I have a close friend who was raped and abused repeatedly 50 years ago by a trusted relative — an upstanding citizen in Reed City . 

No one believed her. Justice was never done. This has affected her whole life. 

Both our relationships with every male we have come in contact with — including male bosses, beaus and husbands — are tainted because of our experiences. But today, I am healthier both mentally and physically than she can ever be because I got justice. I have a very strong faith which has sustained me. 

As for Jack and Cathy’s victims, Cathy was the only “mother” they had. Your mother is supposed to protect and care for you, not serve you up to her boyfriend — or in other, stronger words, pimp you out. 

I know about their standing in Barryton — I live here. That’s why it’s even worse, and it took a lot of courage for those girls to come forward with what was going on behind closed doors.

Shame on you, and shame on the people defending them in Barryton. You and they will have to answer to someone in the highest court someday. 

Anonymous
Barryton

Editors note: The Pioneer does not normally publish anonymously-authored material. The name of this letter writer from Barryton is reserved with the editor out of consideration for the revelation of her physical and sexual abuse, which has heretofore not been revealed to some family, most friends or the community.

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