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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Letter From Child Abuse Victim Given to Jurors

"A 15-year-old girl who says her father held her captive for more than a year and sexually abused her sent him a letter halfway through her ordeal begging for forgiveness. In the poignant and often misspelled letter, given to jurors Tuesday, the girl apologizes for "stealing lieng, backtalking and disobaying." The girl also wrote "I hope you don't hate me too much, but I understand if you do because you have put up with me for five years. I'm surprised you haven't got rid of me yet."  The girl's 36-year-old father is currently on trial on 17 felony charges including child abuse, sexual abuse and kidnapping. The girl testified last week that her father began molesting her at the age of 8 and over the years progressed to regular sexual assaults." By Kim Smith, Arizona Daily Star Link to Article (last visited 4-12-06 NVS)

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