A long time ago in a galaxy known as Yahoo there were things known as “chat rooms” and they were nice places where people of like minds to get together, talk and form lasting relationships. Sadly not all these relationships wonderful.
I bring you the tale of one such “chat room” for the purpose of this blog we will call it Religious River. And in the beginning it was great, it started out on IRC and moved to Yahoo Chat where people who sit for hours keeping the room open so that others would find the room and gather. Before long a great group of people became regulars. Husbands and wives were there, mothers and daughters, roommates, housewives looking for others who believed the way they did, it was a great gathering. And in the beginning it was beautiful.
And then came the tricksters, the troublemakers, the hate bringers. At first they were fun, they told jokes and made people laugh. That’s what tricksters do. They made friends because not everyone wanted to have serious conversations and share ideas all the time. And there was a division in the chat room.
Then came along the males who introduced cybersex. And the women in the group started fighting over the affections of the males in the group. Sides were taken in some cases and people sat on fences and said “Oh I can’t be upset with anyone because you are all my friends.”
And then real life smacked the chat room and one of the “beloved” members who helped start the room was arrested for child molestation. And the room was divided. The child molester told the same lies that all child molesters tell and people who sat on fences believed him over the victim. The 12 year old victim and her mother were obviously lying. This man could never rape a child. Just like he could never setup cameras in the girls bathroom of his blind brothers teen club and watch the videos of young girls changing clothes. And the only child porn he EVER downloaded was for “research” and he only kept a copy of what he was turning into the police just in case the cops lost the evidence. All of that was believable over the word of the cops, the doctors, the child and the mother.
So the chat room turned on the mother and the child, the child was not a victim but one of the two villains who took the beloved member of the group away. And then one of the group decided that it was not the child’s fault, it was the mother! The mother was evil and vile and the person contacted the child and tried to convince the child to run away from the mother and hide on a farm where there were other teenagers hiding from their horrible parents.
Now we flash forward, the mother has moved on with her life, the child has moved on with her life. Both are contributing members of their communities. But recently the mother found out that there is a group on facebook dedicated to the chat room. So the mother joined. She was amazed to find that after 20 years, because she protected her daughter and didn’t take any shit from this group of people, she’s still a villain. Someone recently wanted to join the group and because the didn’t know who it was, they automatically assumed it was the mother because the daughter was on the friends list.
The child molester….he’s on the sex offenders list, spent 6 years in jail, got out, stalked the victim and went back to jail to serve the rest of his term. And he’s not allowed on computers or the internet for the rest of his life.
But….the victim and her mother are the villains.