I didn’t hear the victim blaming that some listeners are complaining about. I heard many people talk about Joanne as a victim and a survivor. There was a great deal of discussion about her terrible life with her abusive family, which made her highly vulnerable to Chris’s “grooming.” The only criticism that I remember from the host was when he said that even for a seventeen year old Joanne’s behavior was, at times cold- blooded. Joanne wore Lynn’s wedding rings, she was abusive to and then (if I am remembering correctly) abandoned her step daughters. Joann was one of Chris’s victims and she has every right to be angry with her abuser and the school system that allowed him to rape and abuse children, but her step daughters have a right to be angry with her as well. The cycle of abuse is difficult to navigate and I thought that the podcast was more than fair in its treatment of Joanne. I hope that she and her child have been able to go on to happy lives.
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