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When Amanda Bennett stepped forward to report alleged sexual molestation by her stepfather, Scott McCarter, she could not have anticipated the heartbreaking consequences. On May 25, 2006, McCarter was scheduled to appear in court to answer the charges. Instead, he shot and killed his wife, Wendy, their two minor children, Scotty and Melanie, and then killed himself.
She recalled a candid moment when Amanda Bennett was talking about her lost family members and feeling so many things had been left unsaid.
“I feel like I should write a letter… but I don’t know who I would send it to,” Bennett recalled her granddaughter saying. That sparked a three-year labor of love that resulted in the book, “Amanda’s Voice.” Fireside Publications of Lady Lake, Fla., released the 210-page publication earlier this month.
The book details Amanda Bennett’s decision to publicly name her stepfather, McCarter, as a sexual abuser and how she coped with the devastating ramifications.
I don’t think of it as the story of her abuse, it is the story about the beautiful person she has become. I see the beautiful young lady picking herself up and getting on with life — there are not many people that can do it.
For more information about Amanda Bennett’s story, see reporter Matt Dunn’s in-depth feature story, “Victim has a voice in new book” at nj.com.