It's taken me a few days to get my thoughts together about this story, because honestly, it's pretty much any parent's worst nightmare, but it's also a special-needs parent's personal hell.
Every single day we are acutely aware that there are people out there who will abuse or take advantage of our children simply because they can. Because they know they won't - or can't - fight back and because they know these kids may not even be able to tell anyone they were in an abusive situation.
Hell, the kid may not even recognize it as an abusive situation.
And like all special-needs parents, weighing on my mind is the very real fact that someday, oh God, someday, he'll be on this earth without me or his father. And then what?
Then I just have to pray he's learned enough about life, and his sister and friends and extended family are watchful, and hope for the best.
And people wonder why I'm up so late at night.