When abuse occurs, see something, say something
In the July 16 issue of The Maui News, it was reported that a former youth basketball coach was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who were on his team.
The article mentions numerous letters submitted to Judge Bissen on the defendant’s behalf in what could be perceived as misguided pleas for mercy in the form of leniency.
I submit this letter to the survivors of this heinous, predatory crime as a plea for forgiveness, as well as an apology.
I apologize for failing to act as a once-avid open-gym basketball player who had a gut feeling that something wasn’t right with the relationship between the defendant and the girls he was entrusted to coach.
My hope is that the community will come together in preventing abuses like these from occurring in our island home. Trust your na’au. See something, say something.