"While the Deseret News does not typically identify victims of sex crimes,
the Brown daughters have publicly acknowledged the abuse."Other
than trying to increase your profits through tabloid style headlines, what was
the purpose of this article? I'm sure the Browns are ecstatic that the Dnews is
trying to drum up details on what type of abuse went on in their family.
What a dreadful thing for any father to do to his children. He should be truly
ashamed of himself. What a courageous thing for these young ladies to come
forward, and possibly save other innocent young women from abuse by this man.
Glad he's behind bars, thats where he belongs.
A horrible crime for which there is no excuse. The victims of these crimes are
affected for the rest of their lives.
@Hunt 3:23My thoughts exactly. Not sure how this new information
benefits the general public since Mr. Brown has already pled guilty and is
already behind bars. While I have no children of my own, I have
nieces and nephews who range in age from 21 down to only a few months old, and
as I've watched them grow up and experience life, I find it extremely difficult,
if not impossible, to understand why someone would take advantage of an innocent
child this way, especially one's very own child. It's simply beyond disgusting.
Would prefer to see "consecutive" instead of "concurrent"
sentences. His abuse was both concurrent and consecutive.
The daughters kept this secret private for several years before reporting the
crimes to police in order to avoid future potential victims. I am grateful for
their courage and I am grateful to the Deseret News for tactfully reporting the
extent of the crimes that were committed by this man. It is important that we
are aware that these crimes occur and that we must protect our children from
such predators, even when they are respectable members of our community.
Guaranteed their are others being abused right now. Whomever has information on
it then it is time to come forward.
I concur with Eliot. The crime of child abuse is far more serious and has much
deeper impacts on the lives of the innocent victims than most people can begin
to realize. Hence, pointing out the extent of the abuse in this article is both
appropriate and should serve as a severe warning to those tempted to abuse. It is only because my wife and I adopted a 16 year old son who had
suffered extreme emotional and psychological abuse that we learned (the hard
way) just how devastating such has on the mental and emotional well-being of
children. In some cases, overcoming such trauma takes a lifetime. Along the
way, anger explodes, tears are shed, doubts are magnified and the victims
struggle to cope with any and all emotions (including love), not to mention
reality. Yes, healing can come. And yes, forgiveness can come. But
the depths of darkness and depravity of the crime and sin of abuse should not be
underestimated. Again, hats off to the DN for underscoring this
very visible case of child abuse. Moreover, prayers and eternal gratitude
should be expressed by all of us for the courage of the Brown sisters.
Some find fault in DN telling this story, for the parent that might have a light
go on for them. Maybe they have a child they are dropping off for lessons alone
with an adult. Probably 99 out of 100 are just fine, but if that one child's
parents takes precaution, then this article will serve a purpose. Parents and
teachers both need to be wise and not leave a child alone with them, this will
protect the child and the teacher from false accusations. I am sure that the
parents that Mr Brown was going to teach their children, were trilled to have
this famed father teach their children and they could see how wonderful the
girls are, little did they know.
I'd still like to know how much the mother knew and when did she know it. That
is a legitimate question.
To the people on here who are accusing the Deseret News of exploiting the
publicity of this story for an extra buck:Pat Reavy is the human
being who published this. What motivation may have existed is something that
none of us can really know. However, I would guess that their motivation for
publishing this is similar to my motivation for reading it. I simply want to
know. Also, the Deseret News doesn't publish names when people don't want their
names in the news. If it can't be helped because the public is already watching
the individual like a hawk, then we can only blame ourselves.So
let's turn this away from accusing the Deseret News of foul play, and
appropriately address why people are concerned with this.I am
interested for these reasons.1- The more we understand the mentality
of those who would put a child in danger, the better we can prevent it from
happening.2- The less we know about what's happening in society, the
courts, etc. the less informed we are, which in turn makes us less able to make
wise decisions- whether in public policy or our family decisions or anything
I have thought the same thing. What did the mother know of it? Anyone know? I
find it hard to believe if she were to say she knew nothing about it and still
remains with her husband in spite of all this. If she wanted the girls respect,
the best thing to do would be to divorce her husband and have nothing to do with
him. If she can't, she must be a victim of some sort. This is such a sad
terrible thing to see happen to families especially girls with talents who are
innocent suffer through something like this. I've seen what this kind of abuse
can do to kids. It affects them the rest of their lives even after forgiveness.
Not something so easily removed from one that's experienced it.
How many more like him are out there?
SUNNY ALL DAY,"like him" infers that he is different from
"us" or 'everyone else'. When he himself was a baby, this was
certainly not going through his mind. No one is born a Hitler, they decide to
become it.I just outlined a problem with asking 'how many more?, but
aside from that there is a bigger problem; it distracts from the real problem.
The question we should ask is "what things contributed to his
actions?". I'd like to know whether he rationalized it to himself that it
was okay, or 'not that bad' or if he simply had an addiction and let go of
everything else to satisfy it.I think that those questions along
those lines will help prevent these things from happening. If 90% of the people
who commit such crimes are addiction driven and self-justification had little
part in it, then focusing on what addictions motivated the choice (like porn,
drinking, etc) would be more important. If 90% of the people who commit such
crimes are driven by some false rational they tell themselves, then obviously a
different approach is necessary.The best protection is prevention.
Learning more about their decisions is necessary.
Prayers for the brave Brown girls.OK, how is his wife still with
him? Why is she not being prosecuted?His Defense Attorney was his
wife's sister, correct?Unbelievable.
Gary: That is easier said than done.