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Law enforcement officers and the public are always grateful and happy when crazed criminals are caught and people are rescued from horrific situations. Our collective hearts and prayers go out to the victims of such crimes, but usually the outpouring of love is short-lived. That individual must live with the scars of their trauma for the rest of their lives.

Tragically, too many trauma victims are so deeply impacted by what happened that they will never go back to living a ‘normal’ life again. Lauren Kavanaugh was rescued when she was only 8-years-old after years of being tortured. In 2001, her mother and stepfather were both arrested in Texas when authorities learned they were forcing Kavanaugh to live in a small closet. The youngster was being abused, starved to death, molested and tortured. When she was saved, the eight-year-old weighed only 25 pounds and had been tortured for at least six years. Dubbed by the media as “The Girl in the Closet,” Kavanaugh was eventually adopted by Bill and Sabrina Kavanaugh.

Now, 17 years later, Kavanaugh has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female child. According to the youngster, she had sexual relations with the perpetrator for at least two months. Even more disturbingly, the victim and perpetrator met each other through a Facebook page called “The Lauren Kavanaugh Story,” which was dedicated to help support children survivors of abuse. Kavanaugh was arrested, charged with sexually assaulting a minor and given a $10,000 bail. She is currently still in police custody.