Opinion: Hannah Anderson, Girl Found Safe In Idaho, Needs Time Away From Spotlight

In a story that has captivated the nation, a sixteen-year-old girl, Hannah Anderson was found safe in rural Idaho after police shot her abductor. James DiMaggio, who developed an intense obsession with Hannah, kidnapped her and took her on a journey that spanned the west coast. He was doing pretty good at covering his tracks until his vehicle was spotted in Idaho, and he was captured and killed shortly after. While Hannah may be safe and sound now, her time of mourning has only just begun.

Before taking Hannah, DiMaggio killed Hannah’s mother and younger brother, and Hannah is going to have to deal with this loss over the next few weeks, months, and years. On top of all of this, she is going to have to deal with the fact that she was kidnapped and the trauma that goes with such a life event. It won’t be easy, especially since she is only sixteen, but I know such a brave girl can get through it. We have to help her though, and part of the help is letting her get time to herself.

The media will probably trying to be bidding for the first interview with Hannah Anderson, but the simple fact of the matter is that they will only hurt her more by doing this. Most interviews will probably deal with details of the days that she probably would like to forget forever, and bringing up such bad memories will do her no good. All other questions will probably cover how she is coping with the loss of her mother and brother, and I feel like she probably just wants time to heal without having to relive the nightmare she has experience. That’s why the media should just give her space and let her come forward whenever the time is right.

After all, she is only sixteen, and she probably is questioning a lot about her life right now. We all need to get behind her with our thoughts and prayers, but we should be patient in letting her come forward on her own time. If we do this, she can probably contribute more to the discussion than if we bombard her now, and she may be able to help others in the future who are victims of kidnapping. She can use her misfortune to help others, if she so chooses, but letting her do this on her own time is crucial.

Lastly, I would just like to say how the Amber Alert system really worked in this incident. All along our nation’s highways, signs with the details of DiMaggio’s car and Hannah’s appearance made people aware of what to look for, and this is what eventually brought Hannah home safely.  I think that we should get behind expanding this program so that every child who is kidnapped gets home safely, and we will be a better country for it. In the meantime, I would just like to send my thoughts and prayers to Hannah and the rest of the Anderson family as they go through this difficult time.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

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