They all lived in a small town in rural Missouri.
I replied that I am in no way qualified to provide specific advice, but would reach out to some folks I know who are and get back to her.
The woman explained that she became concerned when she didn’t know what to tell her sons after their friend was raped and then another friend was arrested. Her sons admitted that they were torn between liking both friends and being disgusted by what one had done to the other.
The mother's fear…her confusion and frustration came through, loud and clear.
After forwarding a list of resources, I couldn’t help respecting this mother for reaching out. And I couldn’t help wondering how other parents were responding to similar situations.
I thought of that mother and her sons when I read about the rape case in Maryville, Missouri.
About how that community responded…and what those responses teach everyone, young and old.
While some ask how such a horrible crime can occur in small town Missouri, this Missourian is left wondering how anyone can expect a different outcome when community members support a world view that protects men who rape and terrorizes those who have been assaulted.
There are those small town values that make people proud that they don’t have to lock their door at night…
…and then there are those small town values that make a body wonder how anyone sleeps at night.