PROTECT executive director Grier Weeks and national board member Alison Arngrim were interviewed by CBS News yesterday in coverage of the case of two Florida children charged with killing their brother, after suffering years of horrible abuse in their home. Reporter Julia Dahl discusses incest loophole laws that give predators preferential treatment for sexually abusing their own children. PROTECT has successfully fought these loopholes in several states. The CBS report mentions the most outrageous state law still remaining: Washington state's "Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative," or SSOSA.
From the article:
"We treat sexual abuse of children in the family as a social and psychological problem and not as a crime - and it is a crime," says Grier Weeks, the executive director of the National Association to Protect Children.
The Florida Department of Children and Family told 48 Hours' Crimesider that they are investigating the incident but cannot reveal whether they were involved with the family prior to the shooting.
Actress and incest survivor Alison Angrim, who played Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie," told Crimesider that she was sexually abused by her older brother for six years starting when she was six years old. When she read about the Florida case, she said the first thing she thought was: "Why were those children still in that house?"
"The police wrote off the sibling incest because they were close in age," she says. "But the question is balance of power. Apparently, her brother has the authority to lock her in a room. He wasn't a brother who was on the same footing, he was a prison warden with access to a gun. Had he kidnapped her off the street and she'd shot him while escaping, we'd call it self-defense."