Victims, Again

There are 47 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 14, 2008, titled Victims, Again. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

As former state probation officer Richard Straub was led out of the Danielson courthouse in shackles, headed to jail for 15 years, many of the men he had molested when they were his teenage clients thought they ...

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Mr Common Sense

United States

#46 Apr 14, 2008
Melinda C wrote:
The Courant published the victims' names as they are trying to tell a story in relation to the former probation officer Richard Straub. Plus, this information is public anyway.
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Yes, their names are public as he sued them, and I understand that part, but as I stated before, why put up their pictures?
Call me crazy but-

Webster, MA

#47 Apr 14, 2008
Why is it that we feel the need to pay this scum almost $750,000 in pension dollars while in prison. It wasn't just the simple conviction of a felony here, it was the conviction
of a felony while in the course of his job. Perhaps our daunted AG should strap on a pair, and take this issue on, rather than jusy bullying businesses that find it easier to pay than to deal with him!!
Belinda

United States

#48 Apr 14, 2008
He did not sue the victims, he listed them as creditors on his bankruptcy petition. You cannot look at someone's bankruptcy petition that easily. Putting pictures and names in a newspaper article is a much different level of exposure than listing them on a bankruptcy petition. Putting their pictures and names in this article added nothing meaningful to the content.

Shame on you, Courant.

Maybe the victims should think about suing the Courant? After all, the SOL hasn't run on this particular violation of their rights.
Money talks

United States

#49 Apr 14, 2008
Belinda wrote:
He did not sue the victims, he listed them as creditors on his bankruptcy petition. You cannot look at someone's bankruptcy petition that easily. Putting pictures and names in a newspaper article is a much different level of exposure than listing them on a bankruptcy petition. Putting their pictures and names in this article added nothing meaningful to the content.
Shame on you, Courant.
Maybe the victims should think about suing the Courant? After all, the SOL hasn't run on this particular violation of their rights.
For God's sake, get a grip. These men cooperated with the Hartford Courant story. They were interviewed, some of them did VIDEO interviews. They talked to the reporters about their lives, and were honest and forthcoming. The Hartford Courant didn't surprise them with this story. Jeez! Some people are so determined to be pro-victim that they see victimization everywhere.

“Not PC”

Since: Feb 08

Charlotte, NC

#50 Apr 14, 2008
Charlotte Bernard wrote:
My son has suffered greatly over what happened to him at the hands of Mr. Straub. I even encouraged my son to spend time with Mr. Straub as a father figure in some ways. Now I live with that fact every day of my life.
The abuse has affected every aspect of my sons life and although he has not landed in prison, he has come very close at times and he has had trust issues his whole life. My son has had trouble holding down jobs, he has fear of change and it is very difficult for him to maintain any relationship because of his fear of betrayal.
As a survivor of abuse myself, I can definately say that victims can sometimes move beyond that part of their life, but it is always tucked somewhere in the recesses of our hearts, souls and minds. At times when we think we have put it behind us, it will creep its ugly head out and interfere with our lives.
It was already difficult for my son to handle the abuse he suffered before getting into trouble and then to be handed over to a man that won the trust of not only my son, but my trust as well is just beyond comprehension to me.
When a child is victimized we all suffer for that child.
My heart goes out to you. I hope that somewhere along the way he gets the help he and these others so deparately need.

Since: Apr 08

Meriden, CT

#51 Apr 14, 2008
Straub should lose his pension and it should go to help his victims who continue to struggle in their lives.

Most of these victims will have difficulty finding a place to live and a place to work because of their background.

I hope people have some compassion and give these people a chance when they enter society again.

Some people do care and do want to see these victims get the help they need to live productive lives.

Take his pension away from him..
Money talks

United States

#52 Apr 15, 2008
Compassionate One wrote:
Straub should lose his pension and it should go to help his victims who continue to struggle in their lives.
And his victims' victims? I'll be interested to see if these men win a lawsuit against the state, if they'll be giving any of their money to THEIR victims?

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