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I read a very disturbing story today online. It was about a 12 year old girl who told her mother she was being molested by her stepfather. The mother did not want to believe the girl so instead of telling the police she took her daughter to First Missionary Baptist Church to get counseling from a preacher.

The preacher, Rev. Daryl P. Bujak,¬† brutally spanked the girl because he thought she needed to learn not to lie. Bujak would tell her to “bend over and grab her ankles” then he would proceed to hit her at least 15 to 25 times with a piece of molding he kept hidden in his office. On many occasions he left her covered in whelps and the mother knew about it! The number of hits from the preacher would be determined by how many lies the mother said the young girl had told since her last counseling session.

Eventually the mother started to believe her daughter’s story and the stepfather now faces 5 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. The young girl’s mother did not report the rape to police until the stepfather had filed for divorce which is all too convenient. The really sad part is that Bujak was barely punished at all. He was fined less than $400 and did not get in trouble for failure to report the rape to police. Bujak was convicted of two counts of battery but won’t serve any jail time.

The girl is now 16 and she had to testify against the preacher in court. I think the mother should face charges as well. She put her daughter through Hell simply because she didn’t want to believe what she was being told. That little girl was sexually abused at home and then beaten at church. She even said that she had to sit on her hands during normal church services because of the whelps on her bottom. She was let down by her mother, her biological father, her stepfather, the church, the preacher, the other members of her family and the justice system.¬† She’ll be in my thoughts¬† for a long time. I’ll pray that she finds kind, caring and supportive people to be in her life and help her through this tragedy.

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