Over the holiday break, my wife and I watched the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly. In six hour-long episodes, alleged victims of R&B singer Robert Kelly (known by his stage name “R. Kelly”) provided first-hand, detailed accounts of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse by Kelly. In addition to adult women, Kelly preyed upon teenage girls, relying on their naiveté and promising to promote their music careers.
For me, the allegations discussed in Surviving R. Kelly were not entirely surprising. In 2008, in a highly publicized trial, R. Kelly was acquitted on 14 counts of child