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May 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Senator fails to report rape

Sen. Hatfield can’t be trusted

As a child-rights advocate, I found the story on state Sen. Brian Hatfield hiding his son’s child-rape crimes from the public to be disturbing [“Senator failed to report sex abuse,” NWThursday, May 9]. Our elected officials are supposed to stand up for what’s fair and just in order to protect our community. When does protecting your own kin come before that of thy neighbor?

I think Hatfield struggled with a moral dilemma in February when he discovered his son had raped a young girl in their family home. He was voted into office to protect the rights of his community members, yet he chose not to report the child rape for several months. Should people be expected to report a crime that their own child has committed, or was Hatfield just in a sticky situation?

I don’t give sympathy to any man who tries to hide a crime committed against an innocent child. If we as a community can’t trust our government representatives to report child rape, then how can we trust them to protect our basic human rights?

Hannah Bauer, Bellingham

Comments | Topics: Brian Hatfield, rape, senator

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