1. “Meet my abuser and my new neighbour.” Woman molested as child by uncle calls for law change.
A 21-year-old woman is petitioning to change state law after the family member convicted of abusing her as a child has moved next door to the family home.
Danyelle Dyer was just seven years old when her uncle, Harold English, molested her in 2003. Two years later, he was convicted of lewd or indecent acts to a child, serving prison time before moving next door to his survivor’s family home in Bristol, Oklahoma.
“It was something terrible, something that should never have to happen to someone ever,” Danyelle told Inside Edition.
Under Oklahoma state law, Danyelle’s family aren’t able to have the man removed, something Danyelle says is an “obvious flaw” in victim safety.
“Warning! You never know who is living next door to you,” Danyelle wrote in a Facebook post, sharing her uncle’s profile on the sex offender registry.
“Meet my abuser and my new neighbor (sic). He has been asked to leave but in Oklahoma he can legally reside there.
“Surely Oklahoma can do better than this. My parents and I are out to change Oklahoma law because surely he can find somewhere else to live.”
Danyelle is urging other survivors of sexual assault to be vigilant in checking their region’s sex registry in order to protect themselves from further trauma.
“Victims have to live with it for the rest of their life while the abuser gets to live almost anywhere they want including next door to their victim,” she wrote.
“I wish to save other women and children from the pain that this man has put me through and is continuing to put my family through.”
2. Mystery surrounds death of 21-year-old Central Coast man who was found on the road side.
Police are investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a 21-year-old man who was found badly injured and unconscious on the NSW Central Coast.
Jayden Mason was lying on the road with severe head injuries when a passing motorist spotted him in Lake Haven about 10.30pm on Saturday, AAP reports.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to John Hunter Hospital.
On Sunday, his family made the heart-rending decision to switch off his life support after they discovered the extent of his brain damage.
Police say they are investigating “all lines of inquiry” into what caused the death, including whether Jayden was bashed or hit by a car.
The young man’s family is struggling to come to terms with the tragic death.
Jayden’s friends paid tribute to him as “one of the greatest people” they knew.