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The Bigger Picture

Since it’s 2014, we’ve heard all of the reminders of the O.J. Simpson trial.  On 12 June, Investigation Discovery aired a special on the highlights of the trial.  Polls have been conducted on whether or not people think that O.J. did it.  We also see other people involved in the case on the “Where Are They Now?” shows.

So, as we look back on the case we seem to be focused on two main things: O.J. and the trial.  Although this was one of the most covered trials in history, there’s a bigger point to this case.

O.J. Simpson went to trial because two people were brutally murdered.  Their names are Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman.  There are two grieving families.  This case involved parents having to bury their children.

There were no witnesses, so we don't know who was there when Nicole and Ron were killed (although the public generally has similar opinions about the case); however, the point is that Nicole and Ron are gone.  They are the victims here.  They suffered.

We were also the victims.  We either fell through the cracks of the justice system or the cracks of society all together; however, we can remain the victims or become the survivors.  Let’s choose the latter.  Let us be the ones that survive and thrive.  Let us be the ones to whom people turn and say, “Because of you, I didn’t give up.”.  Let us be the bigger picture and change the world for the better.  Let us be the ones that people remember in these cases.

As we hear the stories in the news about the people being disciplined under the law for violent crimes, remember the people that suffered from these crimes.

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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.