Archive for Saturday, September 28, 1991

LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN

September 28, 1991

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To the Editor:

This is in response to the criminal case proceedings in your "On the Record" column on page 7A of the Sept. 25 paper, concerning the dismissal of charges against a 28-year-old Lawrence man accused of taking indecent liberties with a 7-year-old.

Although we do not know anything about this case, we do know of a similar case that was dropped by the district attorney's office because of lack of evidence. Like the case that was in the paper, they could not find probable cause, even though the children involved have talked to three professionals and their conclusion was that the children were telling the truth. They have told the three professionals in detail what happened to them. How many more children have to go through the nightmare and the terror of telling the truth and then not being believed by the legal system? Doesn't the legal system realize the trauma that these children will endure for the rest of their lives? We can only hope and pray that the children's perception of the legal system will not be hindered by this.

Is it not time that we listen to our younger generation, as they are our future and the future of the United States. We think it is about time to listen to our children, for a change.

Lee and Lenore Stoltenow,

1824 Almira Ave.

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