For years, dating back to the 1990s singer, Robert Sylvester Kelly has been in the news for his sex allegations and sexual assaults against women and girls. Because of the various cases brought against him, he was imprisoned here and there, but was eventually released.
After years of fighting for his freedom in multiple courtrooms across the country, he was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his celebrity status to sexually assault women and minors. He also faces additional charges in Chicago for sexual images of children and obstruction charges. He also faces sexual assault charges in Minnesota. Has justice been served at last?
Robert Kelly has stated that he was sexually abused as a child and was raped by a family member when he was just eight years old. That’s not an excuse. There are others who experienced the same or worse and did not act as a predator as adults. I know it’s been said that hurting people hurts people, but there comes a time when we have to be responsible for our actions, and that day has come for R. Kelly.
In court it became clear that R. Kelly was illiterate, but managed to write numerous hits for himself and other artists such as Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Whitney Houston. It is a sad fact that 32 million adults in the United States cannot read or write, which is a depressing commentary on our education system.
Would R. Kelly’s life have been different if he had known how to read? Would his life have been different if he had had someone who cared enough about him to tell him to stop his immoral and illegal behavior?
Too often, when the people around you make a living off of your talent, they don’t know how to speak truth to power. Someone had to say enough is enough, no more. Instead of counting his hits, they should have counted the injuries.
As an advocate for the protection and upliftment of women and girls, as well as a survivor of abuse, I have no tolerance for those who sexually harm others, especially when they are against minors. The harm done to people who are coerced or coerced into doing something against their will can have life-threatening consequences. When celebrities use their power to intimidate or coerce others, it is both disgusting and shameful.
We must hold ourselves accountable not only for stopping predators, but also for protecting ourselves and the children in our lives. I know we can’t stop everything, but we can stop idolizing celebrities and influencers who aren’t worthy of our praise. We should not be blinded by their talent or success and judge them for what they do and how they behave.
Ladies don’t confuse sex with love. Love does not shame, humiliate, or degrade you. Parents, know where your children are and who they are with.
I have daughters and granddaughters (also sons and grandsons) and I pray for their safety every day. We need to build our girls’ confidence, self-esteem and self-respect so that they are strong enough to say no or tell someone when they feel disrespected or physically, emotionally or sexually abused. Never forget that our voices have power.
Healing without hate: It’s a choice. It’s a way of life. Hand it over.
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