The Best Defense Against Sex Abuse is Teaching Children to Say "No!"
May 22, 2002
by Mary Mostert, Analyst - Banner of Liberty
Mary K. Letourneau a former public school teacher, is serving a prison term for rape of a 12 year old student, Vili Fualaau, who fathered two of her children in his early teen years.
Following the lead of plaintiffs who say they were abused by Catholic Priests during their youth, Faulaau and his mother, Soona Vili, sued the School District for $2.4 million, including about $500,000 for Soona Vili’s suffering. 
According to the Seattle Post Intelligence on Monday, Vili and Fualaau argued that the police were negligent in not sufficiently investigating an incident in which Fualaau and Letourneau, were discovered in a van at the Des Moines Marina early on June 19, 1996."
Faulaau was twelve years old at the time, but Letourneau told the police who stopped to investigate that he was 18. That made the police suspicious that something sexual was going on and they took the pair to the police station where both Fualaau and Letourneau denied there had been any "touching." Instead, they said, Letourneau had been babysitting the boy and took him from her home after she and her husband had a fight.
So, the officers called Faulaaus mother who told them to let the boy go home with his teacher. With no evidence of sex abuse, they complied.
In testifying about the episode, Faulaau said, I loved her. At least I thought I loved her. I thought we were lucky that she didn’t go to jail" when they were discovered in the van.
This shows that from his own court testimony, Faulaau admitted knowing what he was doing was wrong. He lied to cover up the truth. Yet, his lawyer, Cyrus Vance, Jr. claims Faulaau and Vili brought the case for "one simple reason only: so that the institutions that are designed to protect our children, when they have indications of sex abuse, they respond to those indications."
So, if they were only interested in protecting children, whats
the $2.4 million for?
According to the lawsuit, the men are miffed because the Los Angeles Archdiocese paid two of the boys a $1.3 million settlement  that required them to remain ’’absolutely silent’’ about the abuse.
With this kind of money floating around to compensate adults who claim they were abused as children, obviously there will be a whole lot more people coming forward in hope of getting some of the money. How can frivolous charges that merely seek money or ways to destroy an organization or church be separated, years after the alleged incident, from real incidents of abuse?
And, if it is right and moral to collect millions of dollars from the Catholic Church, which has never advocated child sex abuse as a policy, why is it not right and moral to collect millions of dollars from the local police and the local public school for real, or alleged, cases of sexual abuse?
In other words, why the double standard? Is there a bit of anti-Catholic sentiment involved here? And, who, ultimately, is really responsible for protecting children from predators - in and out of their homes?
Who has ever reached the age of adulthood without having been improperly propositioned for sex by someone - a stranger, a friend, a teacher, a relative, an employer? In my youth, the advice to the young was not to file a lawsuit when propositioned. We were advised to run - to get away as fast as we could. And thats exactly what I, and other friends, did on occasion. We ran to the nearest exit. We also learned not to walk alone in dark alleys and not to send provocative, sex signals via our behavior and our clothes, habits that are seemingly out of style in this modern era.
Could Faulaau have just said no? Could those men, who claim they were propositioned by priests when they were boys, have just said no, or made sure they were not alone with that priest? How many grown men have been propositioned by a homosexual at school, on the street, at work, in a club, even in Church? No one knows, of course, because generally they tell the guy to get lost and almost never tell their Mom or Dad about the incident.
Unfortunately, today 20% of the youth who are taking illegal drugs are introduced to them by parents. I suspect an even high percentage of the youth are learning illicit sex habits at home too, so the home is not always a safe place for children.
However, in the end, it appears to me as the mother of six and the grandmother of 26, that a home that teaches children how to say NO! and teaches children that not all adults should be obeyed is till the best way to deal with the problems just about all will face at some time in their lives.
Back in the 1930s, when the world was not nearly as evil or complex as it is today, my mother told us kids that we did not need to obey all adults - since that would give criminals and evil people control over us.
That was good advice then, and its good advice now for kids and is a whole lot cheaper and less traumatic than calling a lawyer.
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