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Louisiana man charged with 100 counts of rape

by Shelby Toth - Executive Editor
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 10:00 pm
LIFETIME PREDATOR Harvey Joseph Fountain from Pineville, Louisiana, a serial rapist since the 1970's was  arrested recently.  The state of Louisiana punishes first-degree rape with the death penalty or life in prison.
LIFETIME PREDATOR Harvey Joseph Fountain from Pineville, Louisiana, a serial rapist since the 1970's was arrested recently. The state of Louisiana punishes first-degree rape with the death penalty or life in prison.

Evil exists all around us. One only has to look at recent events in Louisiana to see it.

According to CNN, a 71-year-old man was just arrested for 100 counts of first-degree rape. The man, Harvey Joseph Fountain, was originally arrested on April 9 for 50 preliminary counts of first-degree rape, but was re-arrested a few days later on 50 additional counts.

The victims were all under 13 when the rapes occurred in the early 1970s through the early 1980s. The arrest was brought on by one of the victims, now an adult, stepping up after all this time and speaking to the police about what happened to them.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Lt. Stephen Phillips of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana, Phillips explained that the victim also expressed to the police that there may be other victims when he initially accused Fountain.

“One victim came forward and was aware of others that may have been a victim of Fountain’s,” Phillips quoted in an interview with The Washington Post. “After additional interviews, additional victims were located… And, we still have more to interview.”

According to The Washington Post, there is no statute of limitations in Louisiana for first degree rape charges. Any type of intercourse with a child under 13 is considered first degree rape in the state and the charge is punishable by life in prison or death. Fountain is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

It’s terrifying to hear about cases of child sex abuse, and the statistics for the crime aren’t getting better. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, one in five girls and one in 22 boys is a victim of child sex abuse. Over the course of their lifetime, 28 percent of children aged 14 to 17 in the U.S. had been sexually victimized. The center also believes that these numbers could be less than what they should actually be, as child sex crimes sometimes go unreported.

These crimes have long lasting effects on the children that are victimized. Prevent Child Sex Abuse America, a group aimed at stopping child sex abuse in the U.S., explains on its website that much of the focus preventive measures have in place for the crime are aimed at children. The responsibility for detecting and reporting sex abuse is placed in the hands of children, through education programs carried out in schools. 

The group agrees with educating children, but believes there should be more in place to educate adults on detecting the signs of child sex abuse. According to the group, the “signals of child sexual abuse are often subtle and frequently defy detection,” even by well-informed adults.

This idea makes sense, as well. It’s hard to see the signs of sex abuse if you don’t know what you’re looking for, both in children and adults. 

A comprehensive media campaign or other kind of effort to make sure parents and other adults alike can pick up on small signals children might be putting out would be incredibly beneficial. 

There should also be easily accessible and widespread knowledge on what to do if a child reports a sex crime to you, and the process to go about afterwards.

Fountain will rot, no matter what. This only proves that you cannot escape your heinous acts, no matter how buried in the past you might believe them to be. Evil should never go unpunished, and children should never be subjected to something so vile. 

Nothing is more heartbreaking than reading about atrocities committed to children. We as a nation must do better to prevent people like Fountain from having the ability to go unpunished for roughly 100 counts of rape for almost 50 years. 

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