I read a Tweet where a person is torn if a victim of a crime is speaking the truth. They are torn because the photo of the victim, giving an interview, doesn’t look like their perception of what a victim should look like.
I only want to put a few photos of people who were either victims, perpetrators or neither (as far as can be known).
I number the pictures and give the info at the bottom of the page. Most of these people are well known. But imagine yourself that you see these photos for the first time.
Pictures often don’t even speak one word.
1. The Turpin family where the parents imprisoned their 13 children for years and decades.
2. Larry Nassar who, as a very well recommended USA Olympic Doctor molested hundreds of under-aged athletes for decades.
3. Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian young woman who was abducted when she was 10 years old, locked in an underground dungeon of a pedophile house, and escaped 8 years later. Her abuser killed himself after she managed to finally flee. Natascha gave an interview within days of being free and had a TV show a few years later. But she was heavily criticized by the public and media for being so outspoken and visible. They wanted her to crawl back into a dark hole and silently cry about her ordeal. They wanted to cover their own conscience of how this could happen on their doorstep. Natascha remained visible and outspoken. Good on her!
4. Dr. Mark Benecke, German Forensic Biologist, who helped crack many difficult cases. He examined the skull and teeth of Adolf Hitler. He trains police academies in New York and Germany, and is a sought-after Medical Examiner. He is neither a victim nor a perpetrator in this list.
5. Jimmy Savile, one of – if not THE most prolific pedophile in British history, certainly in the British entertainment industry.
6. Chris Watts who murdered his wife Shan’Ann and his three children Bella, Celeste and Niko.
I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather starve and speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote two articles in the Scottish Left Review: 1. “Late Night Girl’s” Story with Pret and 2. Pushing Back Against Pret.
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