Mommy, Sarah told me something today. Something really scary and sad.
Oh? Won’t you tell me about it?
I want to. But it’s really scary and she told me I couldn’t ever tell anyone else because something bad could happen to her and her family if anyone ever found out she told me.
Oh! Well, then you definitely need to tell me.
But what if something bad happens to her or her family because I told you? Then it would be my fault!
No. If something actually happened to them as a result of you telling me, it would not be your fault at all. It would be the fault of the person or people who did the bad thing. Telling me enables me to help you AND Sarah. She needs help, doesn’t she?
Yes. I think she does. I’m just feeling sad and afraid.
You know what I always tell you about feelings, right?
Tell me so I know you remember it right.
Feelings aren’t trustworthy. Especially if they are feelings like anger or fear.
That’s right. And what do we do if we feel angry or afraid?
I should talk to you and Heavenly Father about it.
That’s right. So, have you talked to Heavenly Father?
And now you’re going to talk to me, right?
I want to.
You know, from experience, that you feel less afraid after talking to me and Heavenly Father. So, tell me what Sarah shared with you. I want to relieve you of the burden of her secret.
Okay. Well… she told me that the boy that lives next door… the oldest one. You know, Rusty…
Yes. I know him.
Well, he’s been touching her for a while now and just the other day he made her hold his penis and put it in her mouth.
--little girl starts to cry roughly
Oh, sweetie. I’m so sorry that has happened to your friend. She cried when she told you, didn’t she?
Yes. She just felt so horrible. You’ve taught me so much about sex so that I can stay safe… so I know how horrible it is that this older boy is forcing her to do this stuff. I mean, he’s taking part of her away… and she can’t ever get it back. And she feels yucky and horrible about it all the time. And I feel so sad for her. And I’m afraid, too, mostly because she’s afraid.
Lily, you are such a brave young lady. I’m so glad Sarah has you for a friend. I know that sharing this with you has helped her. She was able to share the burden of this horrible thing with you. How long ago did she tell you?
And you’ve kept it to yourself all that time! You are so strong! Thank you for telling me, sweetie! I love you!!
I love you, too, Mommy. Thank you for listening. I feel so much better now that I’ve told you. But what are you going to do. I know you’re going to do something.
Honestly, I’m not sure yet. I’ve never been faced with this sort of thing, personally. So, I’m going to do some research and figure out just what I need to do. I will do something. I have some questions for you, if you feel like you can talk about all of this some more. The answers will help me figure out what I need to do and when.
I can answer questions. I think I’m really okay now.
Good. If you want or need to cry some more, you just go ahead.
Okay. I’m ready for your questions.
When is Rusty able to do the things he does to and with Sarah?
Well, you know how Sarah’s Mom works twice each week?
Some of the times when she works, Sarah stays at Rusty’s house.
And since her Mom works really late at night some of those times, Sarah spends the night there. It started one of the times she spent the night. But he did it to her during the day, too. And this last time… when he made her… you know…