I teach history and literature in a Christian high school. There is a junior girl in one of my history classes. She's sixteen, very smart and quite the debater. She could take control of a discussion with little effort. Well, over the past few weeks or so, I noticed a change in her. Her grades were slipping, she was becoming very quiet, and she started wearing a heavy layer of makeup. I had my suspicions, but I dismissed it as "she's a teenager, she'll go through strange changes". Then one Friday, her boyfriend, came to me after class looking really upset. He said she was shutting him out and when they were together, she didn't seem to want to go home. I suggested he take her somewhere quiet on Saturday and try to get her to talk to him. In the meantime, I brought my concerns to the Principal and other school authorities. Principal said he would deal with it. Well, the next day in the afternoon, I get a call. I give my cell number to all parents just in case they need to speak with me about their child's performance in class. It turns out, that the girl, whose parents are divorced; the mother's boyfriend had been beating her, touching her inappropriately, and then ultimately raped her.. I never got the impression that things were hunky dory between her and the mother, but to this extent... Jesus. She ran away devastated to her boyfriend's house and his parents called the police. Both the mother and her partner were taken in custody. The girl stayed at her boyfriend's house for the night. The girl's father was away on a work-related trip, but he came back and now she's living with him. As for me, I'm trying to treat this as if everything is normal. No victim wants to be reminded that things are wrong in their lives and neither do their loved ones. The girl and her boyfriend are together almost all the time during their breaks, and I could tell she needs him to feel safe. He really cares about her and is putting everything into being a source of love, safety, comfort, and happiness for her. Her friends are also there to support her. The father is obviously very devoted and his daughter is his entire world. His new wife also obviously cares more about her than her real "mother" ever did. The abuser's going to obviously be charged with aggravated rape and assault. The mother will hopefully be charged as an accomplice and with the endangerment of the welfare of a minor. This is going to court soon. I'm praying justice be done. I need you to pray for this girl's physical, mental, and emotional recovery. Pray for the boyfriend that the love he has in his heart for this girl is stronger than all the hatred and anger he has towards her abusers. Pray that he'll do whatever it takes to help her in her recovery. Pray for her father that he gets sole custody of his daughter and that he'll provide her a safe, loving environment to live in. Pray that justice be done and the abuser doesn't see the outside of a prison until they stick him in the grave. Also pray that he'll find redemption in prison. As for the mother, pray that she receive the proper punishment for her negligence and that she too find redemption. Lord knows she has lost the right to call herself a mother.