It's been too long since I posted, and I don't have much to say at the moment, so I thought I'd put up a pic for your viewing pleasure. (Click to enlarge.) The FOB is up close, and the city of Kirkuk is in the background.
What got me thinking about this is a facebook post I recently saw. A husband of a friend posted an appeal for help. His wife was very active in Soldier's Angel for a while, and contacted me while I was in Iraq. We exchanged the occasional email, and she was very supportive. She sent me a small painting she did. She was nice to me.
Husband is asking for $$ donations to try to help get her out of jail, but didn't say what she was in for. Says he and the kids need her at home. She's been locked up since March.
Well, it took about 5 minutes to discover the charges. (See below.) She's charged with unlawful sexual contact with a person in her household between the age of 13 and 16, and also later charged with a violating a protective order. So, just guessing from the charges, she had some unlawful sexual contact with a teen in her home. It's difficult to think I want to contribute to sending her back into that situation.
She lists her political views in facebook as "strict conservative" and her religious views as " religious - Baptist."
People are complex, and this is a sorry situation. I'm kind of shocked.
Charges: Crime defined. A person who engages in sexual penetration with another person, and the complainant is at least 13 years of age but less than 16 years of age.
And, under the Domestic Abuse Act: Violation of an order for protection. (a) A person who violates an order for protection issued by a judge or referee is subject to the penalties provided in paragraphs (b) to (d).