Spent the morning in court with the assault-case.. Met the girl who did it, and the second she saw me she burst into tears and couldn't stop apologizing. I gave her a hug and told her it was ok and that I really hope she's off the drugs. She is off the drugs now apparently, but she's facing 15 months.. I know I shouldn't, but I really do feel sorry for her. She has been abused in so many different ways her entire life, and although it doesn't change the fact that she has to take responsibility for what she's done, it does mean that I now have the possibility of making a difference in her life.
I've spoken to her lawyer and told them I'm willing to go to mediation. I honestly don't think jail is the best option for her in the state she's in - it would probably just be even more detrimental. I'd rather see her go to rehab and try to change her life around.. The police, however, are definitely not keen on that idea. They want her in jail, period. For that reason, I'm writing a Statement now that we'll send them - seeing as I'm the complainant in this case, surely what I want should be worth something?
This is a really difficult situation which will end up drastically changing this girl's life in one way or another. Please cross your fingers and keep me in your thoughts..