from neena - Friday, March 28, 2008
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My heart goes out to all of you survivors. You inspire me to be a better person for having known your stories. Your stories make me grateful for the life I've had. I will keep all of your siblings and friends that are still stuck in that horrid way of life in my prayers. You are the proverbial..."least of my bretheren", and I refuse to do nothing less than the MOST I can do. Therefore, I will fight for you in any way I can.
I'm sorry for that comment. It sounded "holier than thou", it wasn't meant to. I did not mean it to sound as if you were the "least", you are actually the most. You have overcome your hardships in a way that makes our loving God proud. That was meant for those who do not see this. Those that pass judgement. Be proud of yourself for your intuition and your ensightfulness, and your ability to "move on".
To all of you that have grown up in the "family" or the "children of God". My sympathy to you. I am a freshman in high school and I am trying to figure out what my senior project is going to be. My Mom has been following the story of your lives since Ricky Rodriguez. She has gotten me interested and following the story as well. I think that your stories have been forgotten since the story of Ricky, "Davidito", is not longer a huge story. That is just WRONG! Your stories need to be known. I am hoping that my senior project will bring all of the abuses you guys have suffered back into light. I know that it will get the attention of anyone with a heart. The abuses that the "COG" kids were subjected to are just unimaginable to me and probably most of my friends. My friends are good people, but they are sheltered. They have no clue that these attrocities are happening in our world. I would love nothing more than to bring this to light with them, make them realize how good they have things, and how important it is to know what is going on in the world outside of their own. I hope that some of you that want to tell your story will be willing to do that publically in the next year or two. I think that my generation will be better off knowing what you have gone through. It will help us to realize the consequences of "going with the flow", that your parents went through. Your parents are the epitomy of "peer pressure". The media has forgotten all about Ricky in the past few years. I think that the only way to make anything happen is to keep it in the public's eye. I promise that I will do whatever I can to keep all of these monsters in the public's eye, will you come forward and bring more information forward than what has been published? I will swear that I will not benefit monatarily by your information. I will even have legal documents drawn up if necessary. I only want your stories to be put out there to those that have no clue. I can promise that my Senior Thesis would do that in the community I live in. There are sooooo many of you survivors out there. Please come forward and speak out. Thank you and know that God, the REAL GOD, loves all of us, Trey