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Domestic abuse victims often take photos of the truth: burns, scars, bruises, etc. Photos are indicting, and they become strong evidence in convicting abusers of their crime. But where there is no crime, there can be no photo. And, indeed, there was no photo to help the online world validate the initial claim that the Jeub family was the “house of horror” the tabloids wrote about. Still, for some, the claim alone was validation enough to make their judgment against us. I realize today that much of my defense was relevant only to the rational and civil-minded, those seeking the truth of the matter. But I had learned, from the lips of my daughter’s friend, that for so many in her online generation, “the truth doesn’t matter.” Thus, the online world left little to be salvaged for the accused abuser…
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