CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 18, 2012 — “MOM, CHECK IT OUT! I got the game ball for the Jeffrey Curley game for 10-year olds, and I’m not even 10 yet!”
My nine-year old son stood before me today in his little league uniform, so proud of himself, his big ears poking out from under his hat, beaming ear to ear through a pair of crooked front teeth.
Jeffrey Curley was murdered in 1997 and now a park has been dedicated to his short life. When speaking of his son’s 1997 murder by two pedophiles, Jeff’s dad Bob told the Boston Phoenix “Try to imagine somebody doing to the family pet [what they did to Jeff]. You can’t imagine how we feel. You just can’t imagine.”
How do I explain to my own son that this week Sandusky stands trial for allegedly committing hundreds of sexual assaults against nearly a dozen boys just like Jeff?
“I don’t know how you’re supposed to grieve,” Bob Curley told the Phoenix in 1998. Although nearly 8,000 people attended Jeffrey’s funeral, the Curley family struggles to make peace with the fact that the convictions of Salvitore Sicari and NAMBLA  member Charlie Jaynes didn’t bring them “justice” or peace.
“I look at other kids and see what’s out there and I can’t just do nothing. Jeff Curley isn’t going to go down for nothing. I have to make it mean something,” said Bob.
Following Jeffrey’s murder, his family spearheaded legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Massachusetts, legislation that later failed in the House by one vote. Curley later reversed his position and opposed the death penalty, citing capricious legal application.
In 2009, the Curleys withdrew their federal wrongful death suit against NAMBLA (represented by the ACLU), which alleged that their pro-child rape propaganda incited Jeffrey’s death. What would happen if murder victims stopped bearing the burden of changing policies to protect the children of the apathetic?
At the time of Jeffrey’s murder, Jaynes was wanted on dozens of outstanding warrants. Why didn’t the corruption riddled MA probation office  arrest or revoke his probation? Why does the MA Department of Corrections allow Jaynes to continue to target other inmates  without consequences? Where was the public outcry when the ACLU used public funds  to defend the civil liberties of NAMBLA’s  sex offenders instead of the rights of raped children?
Fifteen years after Jeffrey’s murder, there is little I can say to justify to my son why the President continues to support Responsible Fatherhood programs that enable violent child predators like Sandusky. What legitimate explanation is there that President Obama appointed Kevin Jennings  as director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools?
American University Professor Lori Handrahan says the widespread corruption exposed by the Secret Service prostitution scandal and Attorney General Eric Holder facing Congressional contempt hearings this week is evidence of President Obama’s “leadership deficit.”
In addition to any questions Holder may face regarding the Fast and Furious gun running scandal, Handrahan and nonprofit Cause of Action believe Holder should also have to answer questions regarding DOJ funding meant to combat child porn that instead evaporated on the corrupt, pedophile friendly shores of Maine.
Under Holder’s leadership, instead of locking up pedophiles to keep kids safe, the Catholic Church was allowed to adopt a policy of concealing evidence showing that tens of thousands of children were raped by their priests, then paying off and relocating hundred of sexual predators instead of helping their victims. If the President does not support normalizing pedophilia, why would his HHS Administration give Catholic Charities $650 million without requiring them to use it to help victims instead of perpetrators?
Our 2012 election candidates need to either make child protection a central campaign issue or just admit that pedophilia has become accepted by the mainstream.
Keeping their son and their fight against pedophilia alive
Cambridge’s Donnelly Field provides a place where parents can talk to their children about difficult topics like child rape. Americans use baseball as a social vehicle for many purposes, to socialize, to gamble, to celebrate, escape, to keep the kids out of trouble, and sometimes to forget or distract us from reality.
In the close-knit communities of Massachusetts it is practically a religion. We are fiercely loyal Red Sox fans, which is why most Massachusetts natives can tell you exactly where they were the day “The Curse” was “reversed,” and they attribute the win to some lucky charm they were wearing or a prayer said at Sunday church services. Win or lose, we sometimes cry at little league games because we all see our sons as potential Red Sox players.
Home to Harvard University, Cambridge is one of the most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods in the country, but Jeffrey’s game is no different there.
The picture most of us have in our minds of Jeffrey Curley is that of an iconic, smiling, All-American 10-year old posing for his East Cambridge Little Baseball League portrait in the Marlin’s uniform that he wore from 1995-1997. In 1998, Marlins teammates Angela and Craig Como, Doug Pinto, Chris Gavilanes started the Jeffrey Curley All Star Game to celebrate how he lived, how he loved playing baseball with his friends in the presumed safety of his tight knit community.
For decades, the Curley family played and led the league, and each year his old coaches (now umps) Bob Holland and John Zagarella return. Relaxed ten-year old players, even superstars like Tyriq who moved on to the Majors, return to Donelly Field in their Marlins t-shirts that say “Jeffrey Curley, #2,” and play a relaxed game of baseball.
This year, the game balls went to Daniel Angiers, my son’s mentor and partner in crime. After begging his way in, my son was injured after 4 good hits at bat, so the coach gave my son the other game ball. They were so proud.
Baseball is everything to kids like Jeff, Daniel, Tyriq, and my son. At the dedication of the Jeffrey John Curly Park (attached to Donnelly Field) in 2008, Bob commented “When lives get touched by such a tragedy you want to focus on the negative, but you can’t do that…You’ve got to push that aside.”
Barbara Curley’s one wish was “May all the children have fun at this park. Hopefully nothing bad ever happens here.”
That night, Coach Tyson Bolling called to say two kids were shot at Donnelly Field. Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas released a statement saying that “it appears the victims happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Massachusetts Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren needs to call out Senator Scott Brown for accepting campaign donations from pedophile promoter Warren Farrell. (Farrell published an article in Penthouse called “Incest: The Last Taboo” promoting “family sex” and parents “genitally caressing” their kids.)
What can Senator Brown say to the Curleys and my son then?
This story originally published June 18, 2012
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