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PS Topic Idea

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:00 pm

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Re: PS Topic Idea

Postby TheodoreKGB » Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:14 pm

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Re: PS Topic Idea

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:07 pm

I think that you're insensitive to the other victims. You could have & should have reported this horror of a human being long ago. Why not speak up now to protect others & help this predator of children get locked away for a substantial period of time.
If you write this as a law school PS, I doubt that any law school would want to admit you; but not because you're a victim, but because you remained silent & let others suffer.

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Re: PS Topic Idea

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:28 pm

OP here - Thanks for the input Theo. I figured there might be a way I could make a connection between the story and "why law school" which possibly would create the growth/passion element you speak of.

I highly doubt I'll use this in my PS but I just was curious what people thought about writing something like this.
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Re: PS Topic Idea

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:39 pm

OP here - CWolf - I appreciate the input but isn't that kind of thinking "victim shaming" to a certain extent? I feel like it's a inaccurate/unfair to say that I "let others suffer".

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Re: PS Topic Idea

Postby AlexandraHope » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I've been brainstorming about possible PS topics to write about lately. I have something I could write about that would likely grab the attention of adcoms but I'm not sure if it's too touchy or how I would effectively write about it.

I had a coach that sexually abused me from ages 10-14ish. This person was a pretty close family friend. Once I got around 14/15 (about the time I entered high school) it stopped. I never told anyone about it and the person just carried on interacting with members of my family without them having the slightest clue.

Once my teammates and I moved on to high school the abuser was recirculated through the sports organization that I was playing for back to the youngest division to coach another team - a group of 8 year olds (the org goes from U9 - U14). Said person started with that team in the late 2000's and continued to coach them. Well, recently this person was arrested and charged for sexually assaulting one of the players on his/her second team. Three days later another player came out and the aforementioned person was arrested/charged again... And then a third time.

Three days before the first arrest I was contacted by the abuser (whom I hadn't heard from in about 8-10 months). They said it was likely they were going to soon be arrested and he/she asked me to lie for them (or at the very least keep my mouth shut) if the cops came to my house without directly saying it. I told him/her I didn't want to be involved, but if the police came my way that I wasn't going to lie for them.

For the next few days me and my family were passive aggressively harassed by the person - constantly texted, called, etc. My family still didn't know about what had happened. They were talking to other people/defending the person which ultimately made tell my parents the truth about what had happened. Eventually my parents stopped all forms of communication with this person, which must have freaked the person out because they then started to stalk our house (i.e. sent my sibling a text saying "where are you guys going?" when we would leave our house). It was getting to a point where I was afraid that this person may try to attempt to hurt me or someone in my family. I thought this for two reasons. The first being that the abuser has had a past history of being a mentally unstable person. The second thing that worried me was the acts committed against me were MUCH worse than what the media reported had happened to the three victims that came forward - I could get the abuser in a lot more trouble and he obviously knew that. I had been working at a law firm for about a year when I decided to contact one of the attorneys that I was close to and explained everything . He connected me with someone who specializes in this kind of stuff and that attorney made the harassment stop real quick.

Their trials are currently taking place. I left about two weeks after the first arrest, which was 4-6 months ago, and just returned. While I was gone police detectives visited my family asking to speak with me. I've thought about contacting the police and telling them what happened to me but I would seriously prefer to not be involved. This stuff happened 7-10 years ago to me and I don't want it to be public either.


So after the long winded low down of the background story - Do you think I could concoct a solid PS out of this? I'm interested how (if) people would run with this and what angle they would take when turning it into a personal statement of "why law school". Is it too much? Would I have time come out/testify to make this work?

Since so many people came forward I think it's likely that the abuser faces SOME jail time, so I feel like coming forward isn't necessary for other to get justice. With that said, if people think this could be a home run PS but I would have to get involved in some way to bring it home I would consider it more seriously. I realize this may come off as narcissistic to some people, but I feel like the case is already a slam dunk so I don't want to get involved unless I get at least some type of benefit.

Lastly - I feel as though what happened to me as a child hasn't damaged me mentally or anything like that at all. Looking back, it was a shitty thing that happened, but it's 100% behind me and it has been for a while.

Let me know what you think.

Edit: Just cranked this out at work. Apologies for grammar. If you think I left anything out feel free to ask.



If you had taken action, I believe that it would've been a solid personal statement....however, you didn't take that course. It could work if you take the angle about going through the trial process and relating it back to the law you want to practice. (Take this with a grain a salt I'm 0L)




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