Several stories this week caught our attention.
Jonesboro police say a woman is facing human trafficking charges after being accused of forcing two teenage girls into prostitution. It came to light when a 14-year-old girl told a social worker at Arkansas Children's Hospital that she had been forced into prostitution in Jonesboro.
A longtime children's pastor in Jonesboro was charged with computer child pornography, according to documents filed in Jonesboro District Court. This story came out when his wife found thousands of pornographic pictures on a computer, and turned them over to police.
Each of these incredibly sad stories has one thing in common. Two people spoke up and took action giving a voice to the voiceless. Too many times things happen and nothing is said. People stay quiet.
The decision to say something can be daunting, even painful, but it's important. If something is happening to you, say something. Tell your children if something is going on at school - say something; in the neighborhood - say something. If you, a friend or family member are a victim of some kind of abuse, don't feel guilty, be empowered. Say something.
It might stop abuse or even save a life. Speaking up when others can't, makes this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager