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lS FRIDAY, APRIL 16- MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010 lllLffl . l.,tlll tl:][tlzette Child b foru rt Yore saidDelawareAttorney "VICTIMS NEED TO KNOW General Beau Biden stopped by THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE, a use m focuses on suppo , theschoolMonday, Apri112. "He services and a challenge came by, unannouncecl, tooffer THAT THEY ARE NOT his support for us. He also re- RESPONSIBLE FOR THE awareness, us 00ris,s By Dennis rlaey  Support Center, set up at Fourth ABUSE THEY ENDURE, THAT dnf@capegazette'cm  LewesStreet inandtheSavannahwake of theRadchildin HELP IS AVAILABLE." in,The hits just keep on corn- sex abuse charges against peclia- - CATHERINE ROSE, COUNSELOR trician Dr. Earl Bradley, is avail- That is the brief assessment "Some people verbalize those school's counseling services, said able to those needing help/' these crimes, but we have wit- former Cape Henlopen School reactions; others strike out at his offices provide asafe haven Catherine Rose, a licensed pro- nessed acts of courage. Dialing District psychologist Dave Jeffer- son gave to a group of about 50 area residents who attended a mmuuity forum'fiaesday night at Cape Henlopen High School "When people are responding to environmental traumas - such as natural disasters - their first feelings are usually fear because of the unpredictability of what's going on," said Jefferson, now working part time for the dis- trier. ".But when the trauma is manmade - such as in the case of the charges against Dr. Bradley, the recent murder of a Cape Henlopen High School student, and now the rape charges against Coach Ott - the reaction as a group leans toward anger, disbe- lief and deniaL others and still others turn to drugs and alcohol as self-med- ication," said Jefferson. "My fLrst reaction was one of disbelief, that the pillars of trust weren't there when they needed to be - that all that trust built up over years was shattered in a mo- menU' Cape Henlopen High School Principal John Yore organized the community meeting to reach out to students, parents, staff and community members searching for answers, direction and a sense of how the high school is responding. A number of coun- selors, psychologists and well- ness-associated professionals spoke. John Myers, chairman of the in the schooL "Sometimes they just need to come to our offices and vent," said Myers. "I had a student who came in on Monday and she talked for an hour. When she was finished she said q'hanks, I needed that,' and went back to her classes." Yore said his intent with the meeting was to help those cry- ing out to us but who have not yet been heard. Trust bonds are being broken all around u" Yore said he told students at the high school: "Support one another through this very diffi- cult time. It's hard to repair bro- ken trust, ff it can ever be re- paired at all. The Ott family needs support and respect for privacy." fessional counselor of mental health with Delaware Guidance Services, challenged the crowd to be part of an effort to end child abuse. She noted child abuse is widespread across the country and estimated, based on national statistics, that 270 out of Cape Henlopen High School's 1,300 students have been or will be victims of sexual abuse. "We nee to give power to the victims," said Rose. "They need to know that this community will not shy away from reports of abuse; this community wiU not cower with yet another report of victimization, but rather em- brace victims with all the sup- port we can bring. Not only has this community been witness to 911 when you hear your sister's distress is an act of courage. Every parent or grandparent or guardian who brought their chil- dren's pictures to the office set up by the attorney general in Lewes, to risk a match with evi- dence from the Bradley case, demonstrates courage. "Vi&ims need to know that they are not alone, that they are not responsible for the abuse they endure, that help is avail- ableY Rose ended with a challenge: "Rather than being known as the community where that awful pe- dophile doctor iived, why not be known as the community that gave an all-out effort to say:. No more abusing our children." Ott Continued na page 1 for the Ott familg "These allegations have torn this family apart, and it's terribly sad," she said. But, she reminded the two at- torneys, the charges are allega- tions, and Ott was not on trial at the hearing. She said he does not appear to be a flight risk, and there was no record he presents a risk to his family or the com- muuity. She said bond was on the high end of what was permitted bylaw. Members of the Ott family were visibly upset after the rui- ing. During the bond hearing, Hume read a letter from Tara Ott portraying her husband as a monster who terrorized his chil- dren. The family requested the court post a cash-only bond in an effort to keep their father and husband behind bars prior to tri- aL "He will make good on repeat- ed threats to murder his family; Tara Ott wrote. Hume said Ott was able to keep the abuse secret until police were called to the Ott home April 8. He said Off systematical= ly tortured and humiliated his children. Sandy said his client has no criminal record and if released on bond, he would live with his parents out of state. Sandy re- quested a secured bond of $128,000, and he also questioned the allegations. "His wife alleges his home was run by terro yet the police were never called to the house for a domestic violence complaint," Sandy . He also questioned why Ott's older son would make a request to visit his father in prison if the children felt so threatened. Hume had an answer for Sandy. "He thought his father was his best friend. There is a real sense of betrayal here, and he wants answers," Hume said. "He is about power and con- trol," Hume said. "He has a sadistic side that he let out on his children and wife. He kept it well hidden, but it was a bomb dropped in the middle of this family. He ruled by power, control and beatings and used sexual torture." Ott has been charged with four counts of second-degree rape of a victim less than 16 years old, two counts of fourth-degree rape, four counts of first-degree unlawful sexual contact, one count of second-degree unlawful sexual contact, one count of sec- ond-degree unlawful imprison- ment and one count of continu- ous abuse of a child. According to court records, the sexual abuse dates back to 2006. The victim said she kept quiet about the abuse for fear of her life. "We have a long journey ahead of us for the healing to be- : gin," Tara Ott wrote in her letter to the court. "But we can't move forward under constant fear. "He is a real threat to himself and us. Thank God we are alive today." If Ott posts bail, the judge said he must have no contact with his family or any other minors. He would be supervised by the De- partment of Correction, which would include wearing a GPS tracking device.