When the Lifetime network decided to air Surviving R. Kelly, I’m sure they knew they had a hit on their hands but they didn’t know that the series would spark new investigations into the singers illegal ‘practices’. The state district attorney in Georgia and the Cook County district attorney in Illinois are reopening allegations into R. Kelly. But they need the help of the victims.
From what we saw in the docuseries, the public feels that there is enough evidence to convict him, but the district attorney offices need the victims to not only step forward but be willing to testify against him in court. We know what happens when a victim doesn’t testify. Remember the 2008 trial where he was accused of having child pornography on his computer and the video of him peeing on an underage girl? He got off partly because the young lady didn’t testify and she lied to the police and said she was of age. Humm
So what’s next? The district attorney offices in both Georgia and Illinois have received lots of calls from family members who say that their daughter, niece, cousin, etc have had some kind of dealing with R. Kelly but the prosecutors need the young ladies to step forward. Abuse lines have seen an increase in calls since the airing of the series. Well, that’s good but more needs to be done.
This is the time to speak up if something has happened to you. Call the national abuse hotline at 1-800-656-4673 for help.