The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy “Protect Kids” truck and trailer visited the Jackson County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 16, as part of their 77 county tour across the state to prevent child abuse. Leading the effort is Rodney Timms of Tilman County who has written two books as a child abuse survivor and is currently working on a third called, “Contract Killer.” During the tour, Timms provides information and books, resources, and his urgent message.
“We need to protect our kids because if you don’t, we are creating homemade killers,” Timms said.
“I wanted to kill somebody,” Timms said, describing his new book and how he almost became a killer because of his traumatizing child abuse. “And I want people to understand that is what abuse does to somebody. So, that’s why we’re out here.
“We’re trying to make people aware that if you don’t protect our kids, you’re going to have to deal with people like this and the people inside these courthouses. We’ve got to help these kids.”
Timms said his first book, “My 3 Angels” took 15 years to write because it was difficult to “get out” his account and experiences with child abuse and alcoholic father while growing up in nearby Frederick. The book also recognizes the three people in his life that helped him stay alive.
“I’m one of the few people that have made it through and I want people to understand that you can survive,” Timms said. “There is life on the other side as difficult as it may be. Most of our people that are abused either wind up being abusers, in prison , mental health facilities, or have a lower standard of life because they cant get through life because of everything that’s happened to them because they were traumatized.
The Protect Kids truck and trailer also appeared at Harmon County Courthouse, Greer County Courthouse, Kiowa County Courthouse, and Washita County Courthouse.
Timms is the owner and president of Western Flyer Xpress, a national trucking company based out of OKC, and works with the OICA and Childhelp USA to raise awareness about child abuse.
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