6-Year-Old Says Brother Abused Her But Mom Refuses to Turn Him In

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jail shadowAn Oklahoma mother of an 11-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl is going through what no parent ever wants to go through -- her son and her 7-year-old nephew allegedly raped her daughter. The little girl told her mother about what happened and it was reported that the mom told her not to tell anyone. She didn't report it to the authorities. Perhaps she thought she could handle it within the family. Maybe she needed to process what she was told. It is the unthinkable. The pain and confusion this mother must be feeling is too great to even try to fathom. 

The alleged incident occurred on a Wednesday. By Friday the Department of Human Services received a tip and went to investigate. Both mom and her 11-year-old son were arrested. The 6-year-old daughter is now in protective custody. In trying to understand why she didn't report it, I can't help but feel this mom needed a little time to sort out what to do in this situation.

How do you alert the police about your 11-year-old knowing that one call could essentially mean the end of his life as they both imagined it? How do you abandon that forgiveness gene we have as parents even when they do wrong? This kind of wrong, of course, is terrifying because it's a wrong by her son against her daughter. How could a family ever recover from this?

The Daily Mail obtained a police report that read:

The 6-year-old girl told the human services worker that she was in her bedroom doing homework on Wednesday when her brother and a 7-year-old cousin asked her to pull her pants off. The girl said after her pants were off, both of the boys 'put their things in her and it hurt.'

That was so hard to read. The mother reportedly told police that her son said it was the cousin who abused her daughter. There is also an older sister who said she heard her two younger siblings arguing, and when she asked why, the brother told her what their cousin did to their little sister. He maintains he didn't violate her in that way. But the little girl says it was both her brother and cousin who raped her. If you are this mother, who do you believe -- your son or your daughter?

This mom probably was so overwhelmed with emotions for both her children, the clear answer of what to do didn't come before the authorities did. That boy is still a boy. He is still her son. The son she birthed and sang lullabies to. Reporting him could mean a conviction, which could lead to more convictions, more crimes, feelings of abandonment, maybe a cycle of violence and abuse that may never end. That may be what she felt in those moments, those days. What would happen to him? What would this mean for his future? Would he feel his mother turned his back on him and that would mark the start of a life of imprisonment, then more abuse?

And her daughter ... the rage she must feel for a crime to be committed against her, something so horrifyingly violating ... I would imagine she can't even think of who did this to her, only that it was done. That pain, for both mother and daughter, will never go away. They can try to bury it, but it will always be there, just under the surface. Would reporting it hurt her more? Could they deal with it together? What is going to happen to her? To her relationship with her brother? How on earth can you ever take the pain of this abuse away? As a parent, that is what we want to do for our children. But she must feel abandoned by her mom because she says her mother told her not to tell anyone. That is going to haunt her for a long time, possibly forever. Keeping silence after being abused is not healthy. Thinking of this little girl and what she allegedly went through hurts my heart. I'm praying for her.

This cannot be swept under the rug; it cannot be the family secret no one ever talks about. Because those are the kinds of secrets that hurt people so deep down inside that the pain will come out eventually. It could mean future abuse, acceptance of being abused, substance abuse ... professional help is needed to recover.

This mom is probably blaming herself. She's probably asking herself what she did wrong in raising her son to make him do this. She's thinking it's her fault this happened. And now because she didn't report it right away, she is also in jail. It is times like these that people turn to their faith, to prayer, and hopefully to therapy. It's often the way to find any beacon of hope when it seems there is none. You can't ask why over and over again, you can move forward and work on getting everyone mentally and emotionally healthy.

Now this family is divided in every way. Each of them has their own journey of healing ahead of them and I truly hope they find it.

Do you think this mom needed time to process before calling the authorities or was she trying to handle it herself? How do you choose between your children or do you think you just blame yourself?

 

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nonmember avatar Lilac

No mention of a father in the kids lives and that is what is wrong. Single Parents have a much harder time properly raising kids. It can be done but sometimes doing laundry, washing dishes and making dinner seem to get in the way of actually seeing what your children are up to and raising them properly.

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

This is just a horrible story. I know that I would immediately turn in the child who violated the other one. In fact, I'd have to or otherwise I'd probably strangle them. It's not a simple fight or argument between siblings. It's rape. It's incest. It's just not along those lines where you sit back and think about what to do. What if she let her son off the hook and he did it to her again? Or to another little girl? That's your SIX YEAR OLD daughter for f*cks sake. And you're taking some time to THINK about it? Ill get all twisted if I keep trying to wrap my mind around this :(

szinna szinna

Wow Lilac, that was a totally inappropriate comment.  So this little boy abused his sister because the mother might be a single mother?  Or is it that single mothers raise boys to be sexual predators?  You should win an award for that logic.


Not to mention your dig at all single moms that they cannot raise their children properly.  For the record, I am not a single mom, and I found your comment to be disgusting and rude.  I feel sorry to all the single moms who see and read it.  You might want to take a step back and re-evaluate yourself.

WCURi... WCURiverRat

I agree with szinna. I'm not a parent at all and that comment is offensive. Seriously Lilac, let's try to think before we speak next time.

mybab... mybabiesmama916

Lilac is an idiot disregard her dumb @ss comment.  I am a single mom and my kids have never touched anyone innapropriatly, you really need to think before you type what your rude mind says.

eem8605 eem8605

I hope and pray that this little girl gets a good counselor. She is going to need a lot of support after all of this. As for the mother, what a shame. It makes me wonder if anything like that happened to her and that's how her family dealt with it. Abuse is not okay. It needs to be stopped. Those children violated this little girl in the worst way possible and she's left with the broken pieces and not understanding why mommy didn't save her. It breaks my heart. 

nonmember avatar blh

I'm a single mother BC my sons dad is a piece of shit. He is completely better off without his influence. Maybe as a society we should stop blaming women and blame the me who create children then don't take responsibility for them. And idk what makes you think a house with two parents means one of the parents will be around the kids every single minute of the day.

Caera Caera

At 11? Yes, what ever happened is the parents' fault.  

nonmember avatar IslandMomOf4

Yikes, I would have called 911 immediately or rushed the whole herd of kids to the ER and called police from there. I don't give a rats arse if it's Jesus himself, nobody is going to molest any of children and get away with it!! My boys have been taught to look out for their sisters and my girls know that it is NEVER ok for anyone to touch them there until they're an adult and then only with their permission. All my kids know about body functions and how babies are made. I think the more you leave their minds to wonder, the worse the things are they find!

Bloom... Bloomie79

Lilac knows all and sees all! Quick someone put her in charge of something. I can't decide if she's a troll or just an idiot.

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