On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Roundup published a story about convicted sex offender David Wilcox and his efforts to overcome the stigma of his crimes.
In our report, Wilcox volunteered information he knew would put him in the spotlight of controversy in order to share a different perspective with his Rim Country neighbors.
But there is another perspective we failed to provide to our readers -- that of a child whose life has been forever changed by the actions of a molester.
The following letter was written by an 11-year-old Payson girl who was sexually assaulted by a relative. Due to the nature of the crimes committed against her, we are withholding her name. We've confirmed the case with law enforcement officials and have permission from her parents to publish the letter.
I just finished reading the very disturbing content on the cover page of the Tuesday, Sept. 13 Payson Roundup. I want to tell David Wilcox that no sex offender will ever be able to "pay the price" for what they have done.
I am an 11-year-old girl who was sexually abused by my uncle. I feel very angry about this article. I don't care one bit if my uncle feels he has changed. He still hurt me badly, both physically and emotionally.
I'm sure David Wilcox feels sorry for what he's done, just as many abusers do. I think it is very selfish of him to talk only about himself and his problems. He should think less about himself and more about the victims that he preyed on so thoughtlessly.
He didn't even mention how his son is now, or if he has gotten him any help to recover from what he did to him. I have had to spend much of my life so far trying to overcome what happened to me, while my uncle has moved to another state and freely continues along with his life.
I believe that there is no such thing as "an ex-sex offender." To do something so wrong, especially with ones' own tiny child, must mean there is great illness inside a person. It can't just be something that happened because of the stress in one's life.
I will never forgive my uncle for what he did, whether he forgives himself or not. I will have to live with it the rest of my life.
David Wilcox makes the excuse that he did it because he was sexually abused. Even at the age of 11, I know that I will never, ever violate another small, innocent child's physical rights.
David Wilcox, you need to keep your hands to yourself and think more about the victims of your sickness than how your crime continues to affect your own life.
Imagine how I felt reading the "poor me's" of a man who sexually molested his 4-year-old son! It makes me feel that I would like to do something to hurt David Wilcox. I know that hurting another is wrong -- no matter what. And that is what separates me, a survivor, from David Wilcox, a crybaby predator.
See Original Story: Convicted sex offender speaks out
There are currently 17 registered sex offenders living in the Payson area. For more information, visit the Arizona Sex Offender Infocenter website at www.azsexoffender.com