LOSING IT

Is this acceptable to you?
After she was raped, Hillya Mooney was handled by police officers, nurses, doctors, journalists, prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges, friends and neighbors. She moved from small homeless shelters to large transient dormitories. Case workers, social workers, human resources personnel, intake managers, counselors, psychologists--they all met her. Jewish, Methodist and Catholic relief societies all processed Hillya Mooney. No one saved her.

Do you think it is Hillya's fault that, in her darkest moments, she was not rational enough to ask for more help?

Hillya is better today, no thanks to us, but she is not well. And yet hers has never been an insoluble situation.

I think it is plain enough that if we cannot reach out to the Hillya Mooneys with a saving clasp, we will never take the steps to prevent the Sidney Timberlakes.

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