The long reach of abuse.Byline: The Register-Guard
The death of Stephanie Amber Moss at a Eugene nursing home last Friday brings a wave of sadness and regret, followed by rekindled outrage at the crime that left her disabled for most of her short life.
It's appropriate that Lane County District Attorney Doug Harcleroad is considering a charge of aggravated ag·gra·vate
tr.v. ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing, ag·gra·vates
1. To make worse or more troublesome.
2. To rouse to exasperation or anger; provoke. See Synonyms at annoy. murder against her abuser, should medical evidence show that Moss died of the injuries she suffered at her father's hands.
Moss was 7 years old in 1991 when her father, Philip Lee Philip Lee may refer to:
coma, in medicine, deep state of unconsciousness from which a person cannot be aroused even by painful stimuli. The patient cannot speak and does not respond to command. . It was the last of many beatings he inflicted on her, the record of which amounts to a catalogue of torture. Kephart is serving a 50-year prison sentence for 19 counts of assault and mistreatment mis·treat
tr.v. mis·treat·ed, mis·treat·ing, mis·treats
To treat roughly or wrongly. See Synonyms at abuse.
mis·treat . The criminal justice system may not be through with him.
The little girl survived, as she had survived earlier cruelties, and under the care of her grandmother and the state grew into a young woman. Contrary to expectations, she emerged from her coma and gained a limited ability to communicate. But she was never able to dance, or pick blueberries, or have a part in the school play. Or walk. Or speak.
Moss' life and death are a lesson in the long reach of child abuse. One moment of adult rage can stretch many years into the future, altering forever a child's life and the lives of everyone around her. Every child represents infinite potential, and Kephart robbed the world of what his daughter might have been. The loss cannot be calculated, any more than sorrow can be weighed.
It's a lesson everyone must learn. The torments that Moss endured were not invisible. There were signs of abuse that should have been seen by those around her - including child welfare officials, of course, but also including neighbors, friends and family members. The natural inclination inclination, in astronomy, the angle of intersection between two planes, one of which is an orbital plane. The inclination of the plane of the moon's orbit is 5°9' with respect to the plane of the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun). is to mind one's own business. A child's well-being, however, is everyone's business. No one rescued a little girl from her hell, but the shame of that failure is greatly compounded if people learn nothing from Moss' story.
That's an important lesson - as important as life itself - but there's an even bigger message. Showing concern for children involves far more than avoiding causes for guilt or regret. For every opportunity to keep something bad from happening to a child, there are a hundred chances to do something good. And a simple act of kindness Kindness
See also Generosity.
Tom Jones’s goodhearted foster father. [Br. Lit. or a simple gift of time can stretch as far into the future as any evil deed deed, in law, written document that is signed and delivered by which one person conveys land or other realty (see property) to another. A deed may assure the extent of the conveying party's ownership or, if the party is uncertain of the precise extent, he issues a .
The best, and maybe the only way to push back the long shadow cast by the crimes against Moss is to mourn mourn
v. mourned, mourn·ing, mourns
1. To feel or express grief or sorrow. See Synonyms at grieve.
2. her by showing some form of generosity toward a child.