A Letter from Victoria

A Letter from Victoria

I’m a 10-year-old girl. I’m supposed to be in the fourth grade, learning my multiplication tables

Why Didn’t ABQ Care When Victoria Was Still Alive

OPINION

BY DAN KLEIN

My mom’s boyfriend tried to kiss me. I was scared. I don’t want to be touched liked that. Somehow, I fought him off. Maybe I told an adult, or maybe a grown-up saw it. Either way, I did what I was supposed to do. Someone called the state people to report it. This is how it’s supposed to work, right?

When I watch cartoons on Saturday, I see commercials saying that grown-ups will protect me if someone is touching me and I don’t like it. The commercial says to tell a grown-up. They’ll protect me. Will they?

My teachers tell me to say something if an adult does something to me that I don’t like. Grown-ups will protect me. Well, I did, and no came. No one protected me.

I’m a 10-year-old girl. I’m supposed to be in the fourth grade, learning my multiplication tables. I’m supposed to be playing house with my friends and swinging on the swing. I’m supposed to feel love and be happy. That’s what I’m supposed to be.

But my life is a living hell. I know I’m not supposed to use that word, but my mom sells me to her drug friends and they do things to me that I don’t like. They give me things that make me feel sick and sleepy. When I wake up, I hurt in places where I shouldn’t hurt. Sometimes I bleed from my private places, and it scares me.

I tell my mom, and she tells me to be quiet and not to tell anyone, that if I really love her and my brother, I won’t say anything. If I do, police will come and break us apart. I’m scared. I hate myself.

After mom’s boyfriend tried to kiss me, I was hoping the policemen would come and take me away. I waited, but they never came. I did what I was supposed to do; why didn’t anyone protect me?

Right before my birthday, I was drugged, beaten, strangled, raped and murdered. My mom and her two friends killed me. But I wonder if a community that didn’t care until I was dead killed me, too.

The lady at the police department who is paid to say nice things about the police told a reporter that my mom’s boyfriend didn’t commit a crime. But what if he did that to her? Would that be a crime? Or to her little girl? Would that be a crime? I’m too little to protect myself. Why didn’t you protect me?

Police said they investigated my mom’s boyfriend. Did they? If they really did, maybe I would be alive.

If policemen talked to me, where’s the report? The video? After Omaree died, the police chief and the mayor made a rule that police have to write a report in cases like mine. Where’s my report?

My teachers tell me that you have to play by the rules, that you have to tell the truth, always. Why isn’t the police chief playing by the rules? If policemen were never sent to help me, why not just admit it? I was the one who was raped and murdered. How bad could it be for you to admit I fell through the cracks?

I don’t want your flowers, balloons, teddy bears or candlelight vigils. You can keep them all if you’ll just let me be a kid again. I want adults to care about me. If I ask for help, I want someone to come and protect me, even if it’s from my own mom. I want to live in a place that loves me before I am dead. I don’t need balloons. Teddy bears do me no good now.

When I got to heaven, the first person I saw was Omaree. He hugged me and told me the pain was gone. I asked him why things hadn’t changed for little kids in Albuquerque after he died. He said that until the grown-ups truly care, nothing will change.

Remember me. My name is Victoria.

Dan Klein is a retired Albuquerque police sergeant. Reach him through Facebook.

 

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  • Rachel
    February 9, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Tragically a young boy named Gabriel in Palmdale California has a similar story and is a victim of a life gone too soon also. Why isn’t anyone protecting these children. Why haven’t we heard a word about stricter legislation with regard to child protection and the prosecution of child murderers and abusers. This is horrible children should be of the highest priority when it comes to protection and saving lives .

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  • Alice
    February 9, 2017, 3:32 pm

    It’s heart breaking!! It’s true we all need to be more aware of what is going on with all the children…it’s sad these kids had to die, we as adults need to change and get involved..

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  • Fiona
    February 9, 2017, 3:54 pm

    Poor baby, the person who wrote this deserves a medal,,so ssd

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    • Anna@Fiona
      February 9, 2017, 8:44 pm

      This is for Fiona, the story might have been written by someone else but the truth none the less. Law enforcers, Teachers, responsible adults should listen to children who can’t protect themselves. You can’t know if it’s not true until it’s proven. This could have been your daughter, sister,or niece. How would you feel then? A cry for help should never be ignored. Unless of course you are just as sick as the people who abuse children. Please never dismiss a childs cry for HELP..

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  • bernadette
    February 9, 2017, 5:22 pm

    Keep your eyes open..everyone! Look for the signs.. Speak up!!! 🙁

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    • Penny@bernadette
      February 9, 2017, 7:37 pm

      Sadly, speaking up doesn’t do much good when molesters are not locked up for the offenses.

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  • Kathleen Kerstner
    February 9, 2017, 5:46 pm

    We have a similar case here in PA. Grace Packer, the system failed her also, the system is broken, and needs to be fixed.

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    • Gigi@Kathleen Kerstner
      February 16, 2017, 7:51 pm

      The government is so twisted these days! Instead of going after kids that are really needing help they go for the innocent ones who’s parent are trying with what they got my kids were taken from me because of false accusations that they couldn’t prove so they took them instead because I was living in a camper that used extension cords to provide electricity and we would go into the main house to eat and shower it took me 18 months but I now have my kids again to see how they can so easily look past the young children who really need rescuing from bad situations and spend so much time on the ones whose parents are less fortunate financially is such a shame . They don’t care they get to eat and breathe and wake up another day she doesn’t they won’t ever truly help until it happens to them they only care about what benefits them something needs to change but will it!!?

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