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April 28, 2008 permalink
A Rochester New York news report deals with rape of a teenaged girl by her foster family.
Teen who alleges being raped in foster home speaks out
Reported by: Kevin Jolly, Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 @06:35pm EST
“Why a are you stepping forward now and talking about this?” News Eight asked. “Because I'm ready for it, “ said the woman identified as Crystal. 19-year old Crystal is ready to break her silence about a secret she carried for years. “I don’t exactly remember how everything started. I just remember I was 13 or 14,” said Crystal. Crystal says for five years she was sexually assaulted and raped by 70-year old Lawrence Bright. Bright was the boyfriend of her foster care provider. Crystal says from the sex assaults began in 2002 when she was a foster child in Bright’s care. The abuse happened at a home on Pinnacle Road in Henrietta and at this beauty salon his wife owns on State Street in Rochester. “Anytime my mom wasn’t home and sometimes maybe she was there and she had no clue but most of the time its when she wasn’t there,” said Crystal. Crystal told investigators the abuse would sometimes happen as many as five times a week. She told investigators she was afraid to tell anyone. “I don’t know, I really didn’t know how to make it back off and stuff like that,” said Crystal. Crystal says she eventually told her biological mother who urged her to tell police. Bright was arrested and charged with multiple sex abuse charges. Crystal believes Bright should pay for what he did. “He needs his justice and if that means him staying in jail for the rest of his life that’s how its gonna have to be,” said Crystal. Investigators are now trying to determine if there are other victims. Crystal say there were other foster children in the home at the time of her alleged abuse. She has this advise for others who may be in a similar situation. “I want them to know its not their fault and they should tell as soon as possible because things could get worse in the long run,” added Crystal.
Source: News 8 Rochester New York