An Oklahoma sex offender recently released from prison moved next door to the niece he sexually abused when she was a little girl—and that girl, now a grown woman, was shocked to find out that this was legal.
Danyelle Dyer, 21, tried to block her abusive uncle from moving just yards from her house, but she soon learned that in Oklahoma, there are no laws restricting how far a sex offenders can live from their victims.
“I was pretty outraged, but I have channeled that rage into a more positive outlet, which, for me, is sharing my story and empowering other victims of sexual assault,” Dyer said in an interview with People magazine, adding “It was disheartening to learn the law is not on our side.”
Dyer’s uncle, Harold English, was convicted in 2004 for sexually abusing her as a child. After serving more than 12 years in prison for his crimes, he was released in mid-June, moving into his mother’s house, next door to Dyer.
“I was coming back from class and he was out mowing in my grandmother’s backyard, and it made me uneasy just being home,” Dyer said. “I go to school in Edmond so I’m only home half the time, and I think twice before going home now. I have a very close family, so it’s hard for me to not constantly be with them.”
Still, Dyer has broken off contact with her grandmother over her decision to allow her son, Dyer’s abuser, to live with her.
“She is supposed to protect me, she is supposed to take care of me,” Dyer says, “so for her to turn on me like this, she obviously doesn’t care about me.”