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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.

Man Rapes & Impregnates Woman in Coma for 14 Years: “It Didn’t Surprise Me at All”

There I was minding my own business, innocently scrolling through Facebook, in search of funny memes and cute babies, when I came across a horrendous news article detailing (thankfully not too detailing) the recent delivery of a baby to an un-expectant mother. That’s nothing new, you say. So what’s the shock factor in this story (in case you missed it), you may ask? Well, the woman who had the baby was in a vegetative state!

Here’s the original story.

A person in a vegetative state is awake but shows no signs of awareness. I’ve heard some people describe it as “the lights are on, but nobody’s home.” Perhaps not the most sympathetic definition, but accurate in the fact that a person in a vegetative state doesn’t show any meaningful responses, such as following an object with their eyes or responding to voices. They also show no signs of experiencing emotions nor of cognitive function (brainfoundation.org).

Yeah, so as you can imagine a person in this state can in no way consent to sexual intimacy. It was rape plain and simple.

I read that particular article not long after seeing another about a gentleman caught in a public bathroom bouncing a baby girl on his lap. Well, he wasn’t just bouncing her. Much like the unfortunate woman who was impregnated in a long-term care home, this toddler did not consent to her abuse either. Despicable!

So what does raping babies and women in vegetative states say about our society as a whole?

Not as much as our response to it.

I mean, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to describe what such atrocities say about the world. They say that evil exists, that it’s real, and it walks amongst us. These horrendous acts remind us to watch our children, be vigilant, and stay alert to those we allow close to us and our families. Sadly, they make it hard to trust strangers, and they force us to make decisions for our children that our parents may not have been compelled to make. It’s like helicopter moms appeared when kids started popping up on milk cartons. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Brie Gowen
Brie Gowenhttp://briegowen.com/
Brie Gowen is a 30-something (sliding ever closer to 40-something) wife and mother. When she’s not loving on her hubby, chasing after the toddler or playing princess with her four-year-old, she enjoys cooking, reading and writing down her thoughts to share with others. Brie is also a huge lover of Jesus. She finds immense joy in the peace a relationship with her Savior provides, and she might just tell you about it sometime. She’d love for you to check out her blog at BrieGowen.com.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.