Wednesday, October 27, 2010
More Stories of Sexual Abuse
Three of Mary's brother were charged and served time for their sexual abuse towards Mary and her sisters. Not surprisingly, the Amish community viewed Mary as the villain rather than the victim. They did not understand why Mary would put him through court when he had already gone through the public apology, and been forgiven within the community. As a reaction to the crowd, Judge Michael Rosbrough stated, "The thought occured to me, How many of you have ever cried for Mary Byler? You may have prayed for her, I don't doubt you have, but how many of you cried for her, for the loss of her childhood?" Unfortunately, Johnny was only sentenced to 10 years probation.
Despite this, Mary Byler lives a very different life now, with aspirations of pursuing a career in nursing. She makes it a mission for herself to help others suffering from abuse in Amish Community.