But there are things that bother me. Things that you seem to think make us different and ways that I feel we are different.
First I have to get your story about Brock selling popcorn to a woman that was too disabled to eat it.
You talked so much about Brock sacrificing for achievements. Everyone sacrifices for their achievements. That’s why they’re achievements. You should know from your brother that people with disabilities have to work so hard for just any achievement (walking, reading, eating food with no teeth.)
When you are in the medical profession and working with us people with disabilities please remember we are people too.
I'll tell you: My family loved me as much as you love your kids. I come from the most suburban place you could imagine. The house I grew up in might have been bigger than yours. Granted my trauma is much more like the trauma of your son’s victim. Again we aren't holding a contest here. It's just... much of your letter to Persky talked about the Brock's hard work and his winning of contests and it kind of won Persky over, didn't it? Brock is only going to serve 3-6 months. I imagine it doesn't feel like a win.
If life were a contest of who deserves more I would go with your son's victim. I would be phoning in for it would be her. I think about her all the time as a mother would think of a daughter, even though she has taken care of me more than I could ever care for her. Her letter was life changing. I almost don’t feel worthy to write to her or about her. You didn’t seem want to write about her either in your letter to the judge. I think you know, in this world, and in this time: her letter wins.
Every person is worth something and has a right to not be assaulted.
It doesn't matter who their abuser is or what they have done before or after. It doesn't matter who the survivor is and what they have done before or after.