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An Open Letter to Matt Lauer
Polly Franks - Crime Victim Advocate, Child Safety Expert Polly Franks - Crime Victim Advocate, Child Safety Expert
Richmond, VA
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Polly Franks

Dear Mr. Lauer ~  

Like most of America, this morning I saw your professionally crafted "mea culpa" regarding your sexually predatory behavior of female subordinates in your office.  Oh, how the mighty can and do fall.  I give you points for not - at least so far - blaming your victims.

But let's get something straight.  "Flaws" are something all of us have.  Not paying your bills on time or letting your home become a pigsty are flaws, So is leaving the milk out of the fridge too long and letting it spoil.  Locking someone in your office as a means to achieve your own sexual gratification isn't a flaw.  Where I come from, we call that rape.  I've been around long enough to know that any tangible punishment for your sexually predatory behavior from law enforcement is a long shot at best.  Kudos to NBC for having the guts to fire one of their own at the very top of their food chain.

It's none of my business, but I hope your wife divorces you and takes you to the cleaners. How very sorry I feel for your children.  There is no way that they - as well as every one  of their classmates - will not learn every lurid detail of your so-called"flaws."  No doubt you have "lawyered-up" and obtained excellent public relations professionals to downplay your predatory behavior.           

The written - and unwritten - laws of treating those around us with dignity and respect apply to all of us.  That includes you.  

Polly Franks has served as an advocate for victims of violent crime, particularly childhood sexual abuse, since 1995. Her commitment to this cause stems from her experience as the mother of three children who were endangered by a former neighbor and family friend who turned out to be a convicted sexual predator from another state.  During his crime spree between 1982 to 1998, this predator was linked to a minimum of 286 reported incidents of sexual crimes.  Although she is in a wheelchair, Polly became a licensed private investigator for the sole purpose of bringing ths predator to justice.

He is now in prison serving a life sentence.

Since that time, Polly has testified before Congress and lobbied on Capitol Hill for tougher sex offender laws, such as the nationwide Amber Alert bill and the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act.  Her story was published in Good Housekeeping magazine.  She has been interviewed by the Today Show, Dateline NBC, 20/20, Court TV, the John Walsh Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN/HLN, Nancy Grace and Fox News.  In addition, she has numerous interviews for national radio programs, as well ans newspaper and magazine articles.  She has shared her story in audiences throughout the country. 

In 2006, Polly created the Franks Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting America's children from sexual predators.  Since that time, the Franks Foundation has been expanded and renamed "It's Not Your Fault," (www.itsnotyourfault.us)

In 2017, her story was published by Vandamere Press in a nonfiction book "Devil at My Door." (www.devilatmydoor.com)

Polly is a graduate of Bluefield College.  She is the very proud mother of three grown daughters, one grandchild, a menagerie of house pets (her four-legged children) and a host of "honorary" sons and daughters.    

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Group: It's Not Your Fault
Dateline: Richmond, VA United States
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