Also, there was a session on child safety I went to this morning, and the speaker told a story about a place where one of the staff was convicted of molesting a child in their care. And it reminded me of the time when Phil told me he was being accused of touching a girl inappropriately at a similar youth development center type place that he worked at.
Now, I’m not saying he didn’t do it (because of past experiences in the life of a family member, or so he’d told me), but I’d really like to believe he didn’t, for the girl’s sake.
But basically, during the rest of that entire session I’m sitting there horrified because I dated someone that could’ve did something awful like the speaker was talking about. And then I realized there were three options of what might’ve happened. All awful.
1. He did it and told me he didn’t and pulled the “I could go to jail tomorrow, you’ll send me pictures if you love me”
2. He was falsely accused and pulled the same shit on me as option 1.
3. He made the whole damn thing up because he got fired/quit his job and since I’d not been sending anything recently, killed two birds with one stone and pulled that shit.
Long story short, I became infuriated for the rest of the session and just kept getting awful flash backs.
So I’m at this conference right, for my organization. It’s in the Black Hills, so beautiful. And I have -$37 in my bank account, and I forgot my credit card. So, I’m surviving on free food from the hotel and snacks they provide at the meetings.