This week the docuseries relating to allegations of sexual abuse and sexual assault was released regarding R. Kelly. Consequentially, people expressed their strong opinions for or against Mr. Kelly. Additionally, Mr. Kelly’s daughter, Buku Abi, also came forward offering an apology for taking so long to address this issue and share her experiences. Miss Abi coming forward is why I have decided to address my concerns around how we handle allegations of sexual assault and sexual abuse.
In the interest of full disclosure, I want it to be known that I am not nor ever have I been a fan of Mr. Kelly. Additionally, I have not seen the docuseries and do not plan to see it.
Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I entered mental health to help children in need. The first 15 years of my almost 30 year career had been in child welfare. This is perhaps why Miss Abi's revelation resonates with me.
Now, I find myself reflecting on why I chose mental health and what else I can do to help in this field. I find that it is still about helping vulnerable populations. What’s happening now related to #MeToo, R. Kelly, and all of the other high and low profile sexual assault and rape cases that have occurred in the last two years has only served to remind me that my passion to help will only be best served by continuing to help those who seek my services and to perhaps educate others on various facets associated with sex crimes against children, adults, males, females, and the LGBTQ community.
In the video attached, I want to address the following:
RAINN, (Rape, Incest & Abuse National Network): https://www.rainn.org/
Child Abuse Hotline: 800-25ABUSE