Missy was almost raped by her dad’s friend. Dawson says her dad needs to know the whole truth and so do the police.
MISSY (COOKVILLE, TN) QUESTION:
Missy: I almost got raped by one of my dad’s friends. He stopped coming around for a while but recently has been showing up again. He’s driving slowly past my bus stop and coming to where I work. How do I get him to leave me alone?
DAWSON MCALLISTER'S ANSWER:
Dawson: Tell the police.
Missy: I did but they said they can’t do anything. It’s his word against mine.
Dawson: They can tail him. They should be able to sit out at the bus stop and watch for him. Has your dad talked to him?
Missy: My dad went to his friend and told him to never come back to the house and never come around me again. But when I was at home one day, a red truck passed my house, honked their horn and waved at my dad. My dad said "Hey" and waved back at him. I asked my dad who it was. He said, it was my cousin Johnny, but I knew it wasn’t my cousin. I knew it was my dad’s friend. My dad acted as if it was okay that he drove by slowly. I told my dad about me waiting outside for the bus and him driving by slowly. Now, my dad acts like he doesn’t even care.
Dawson: Go back to the police again. This guy needs to get the message that you have been to the police, and you are not playing around. Do the police know about this latest experience?
Missy: No, I haven’t even told my dad.
Dawson: You must tell your dad and the police must know, because that’s stalking. And they can pick him up for stalking. Don’t be passive about this. Tell your dad and then no matter how your dad responds, tell the police and ask if they can tail him. I’m sorry you have to go through this, but we aren’t going to put up with it. We are going to put the heat back on this sicko guy.
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