I am sorry.....BUT<quoted text>
What happened to your niece is a great tragedy. It should not happen to any child anywhere. Children should be able to enjoy their youth, and not have to worry about this kind of person. Parents should be able to allow their children to play in the yard, go to school, and visit friends without fear of such things happening to them.
But regretfully there are such predators out there in every community. What has taken this thread off the subject is people who are making the claim that such things only happen in this little community, but much to my regret such things happen all over.
Doing a search of child predators I found that Gettysburg has 44 registered predators. Stuart Florida has 128 registered offenders; Whitestone New York has 1288 registered offenders.
Unfortunately, there are some who do not live in this find community, who for some reason want to make things look much worse than they are. They immediately exaggerate anything that happens here and blow it way out of proportion. This happening, local people want to defend their community with the facts.
Once again, I am sorry such a thing happened to your niece, but such things happen in every community, and people in those communities are outraged about such things, and Gettysburg is no different. I wish it was.
This shouldn't happen....BUT
Gettysburg is a safe area.....BUT
You sound like an apologist, and one who doesn't even have the common courtesy to apologize for your ignorance without qualification. Saying "but" after one of your kowtows means you really weren't serious about your apologies.
Face it, your little town is inundated with violent crime. I actually think you deserve it. I'd love to see some pain sent your way. Too bad that the crime also affects good decent people in Gettysburg.
You are absolutely POWERLESS to stop it.