A 28 year old Californian woman, since revealed as Jamie Carrillo but using the moniker Jamie X has posted a youtube video claiming that her former teacher, Andrea Cardosa, sexually assaulted her when she was 12 years old.
Although telling she has come to terms with her abuse, Jamie X has nevertheless asserted that she finally found the courage to seek justice.
Because California’s statute of limitations prevents Jamie X from seeking charges against the teacher, Jamie X came up with an ingenious plan which may have vetted her the payback she has probably harbored all along. The demise of the teacher.
Going on to call her former teacher, Jamie X, managed to get Cardosa to admit to the crime on the phone, all the whilst secretly tape recording the call (a total of 9 minutes).
In the video, Jamie X goes on to tell her alleged attacker that she has children of her own and that her former teacher’s actions ruined her life and that she is ‘disgusting’.
Tells Jamie X: “Do you realize that you brainwashed me and that you manipulated me and that what you did was wrong?”
Responds Cardosa after long pauses: “I just wanted to help you.”
When she hangs up the phone, Jamie X shows that she made the call on the screen and reads out the number. She says: ‘And I’m shaking like a leaf… not even an ”I’m sorry.” Or anything. Just that she regrets it.’
Since the assaults first took place at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside, California, Cardosa had risen to the rank of Vice-Principle at Alhambra High School. Until that is she resigned after Jamie X emailed a youtube link to Alhambra Unified School District Superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano who then passed it to the Alhambra Police Department.
Cardosa has yet to make any public statement however Jamie’s lawyer David Ring says authorities are investigating whether there are any other victims and that another female may come forward.
On Monday, Jamie held a press conference in California to explain why she chose YouTube as her venue to speak out against her attacker as well as her motivation.
“The reason I wanted to do this was to expose who she really was and to protect other kids because she shouldn’t be around anyone’s kids,”
“It took a lot for me to come forward but I kept thinking about my own kids and how I wouldn’t want anything to happen to them. And it made me sad when I found out that she was teaching at this school, she shouldn’t be here.”
Of course one wonders if the video and the demise of Cardosa will necessarily bring the closure that Jamie X has sought all these years to find.
Since the youtube video has come out (and gone viral) another student has come forward to say she was abused by Ms. Cardosa also.
And then there were these comments on the web that made me wonder as well:
California’s wiretapping law is a “two-party consent” law. California makes it a crime to record or eavesdrop on any confidential communication, including a private conversation or telephone call, without the consent of all parties to the conversation.
When the laws don’t protect you, what do you do? Jamie X risked her safety and sanity to protect others. She did the right thing. She knew anything she tried wouldn’t be admissible, but she stopped a damaged human being from damaging others. She’s a hero.
Because sooner or later social media or the media will shame you for the things you cause to shame others