|Originally posted by katl8e
Let me get this straight: the parents initially didn't want the kidnapper charged with rape, because they didn't want Elizabeth to be traumatized, by having to testify. Now, there's a book deal, a TV movie and an interview with Katie Couric. At least, a courtroom could have been closed.
Makes you wonder WHAT the parents' priorities are.
I would suspect that the message in part that they want to send is that hope does prevail sometimes. When she wasn't found soon after the abduction, most people thought that she was dead, I'm sure, but her parents did not. These people don't strike me as being opportunistic, at all.
From what I've read, the first person that the father called after arriving at the police station to see her (I assume after his wife) was John Walsh, who does the America's Most Wanted show, because he was in constant contact with them, trying to help them. They went on the Larry King show several tims before she was found, still wanting to keep public interest on the story. While it's a tragedy that all missing kids don't get the publicity that she did, some of the media did help find this girl and a few others since then, so I'm not surprised they went on television to be interviewed after a rare happy ending. The interview shows don't pay people to do them.
It is very unusual in the US for court testimony to be completely closed, and is usually because the witnesse's life would be in danger, or because the victim was a very young child. There are also more and more people who wonder whether the way sexual assault victims are treated, however well-intended, actually increases the negative consequences to them, that in a way it shames more than protects them. When those 2 teenage girls were abducted from a 'lover's lane' on the same evening in California, and were eventually found safe, because of the Amber Alert system, they were also interviewed on one of the networks, and I thought that it was a brave thing for them to do.The famous (and unidentified) Central Park rape victim went public with her story just recently, years after she had been almost bludgeoned to death. I think she did that to close a chapter in her life.