Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nightmare: 'I have little hope that anyone can undo the damage that has been done to him.'

"We live in constant fear--fear of future allegations, fear of strangers who see the Sex Offender Registry, fear of retaliation by Eric Olsen for continuing to maintain our son's innocence, fear of our young sons being out without us and without alibis," Cherri Dulaney, the boy's mother, said in her sworn statement. "I have little hope that anyone can undo the damage that has been done to him."

This is a must read. It is the story of how our justice system fails boys falsely accused of rape. Here, a young man was falsely accused of rape and wrongly incarcerated for 17 months. The girl recanted, but the boy still can't clear his name. He's still listed on the state's sex-offender registry. His life has been ripped apart; his family has been forced to move; and even his younger brother has been the target of a false rape accusation, in retaliation for the older brother's "rape."

"I have always taught my boys that if they are honest and law-abiding and respectful, they will be safe in the community," Edgar Dulaney, the boy's father said. "My boys now know that this is not true. [My oldest son] learned a lot at the age of 15 that the 'community' is not always fair, and that his mother and I cannot really protect him."

Undoing the damage is like unringing a bell, or putting the toothpaste back in the tube. This is the kind of case that prompted us to start this blog.

Read the story here: