*UPDATE* Eric Esquivel has responded to these claims as of Friday, December 14. See that response at the end of this post.
tw/cw sexual abuse
this is a tough read, but it’s an account about a creator whom my peers and i have been warned about multiple times over the years.
thank you for your strength, cynthia 🙏🏼 https://t.co/oogRgI6QEd
— betty felon (@bettyfelon) December 10, 2018
In the #MeToo era, more and more women are finding the courage to confront their sexual abusers. The disinfecting light of truth first began in Hollywood well over a year ago when several actresses, including Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowen, spoke out regarding sexual abuse they had endured by those who held power over them. Some people have criticized the movement for publicizing sexual harassment and abuse of those who experienced it, which could be re-traumatizing. So it is with caution that we report on the following.
Yesterday, Cynthia Gerriets Naugle, a toy designer, posted a lengthy blog entry detailing the sordid details of an alleged sexual abuse that she claims she suffered a few years ago at the hands of her former manager of a comic shop she worked at in Tuscon, AZ. The tale is heartbreaking if true, and surely took a lot of fortitude to put it out there.
If true, this sounds a lot like sexual assault. Cynthia continues, with one shocking detail after another. Then she detailed stories of ‘X‘ involving sex with minors.
Disgusting to say the least, but another detail that stood out for us was this one which got social media twerked.
In the wake of these serious accusations, Mr. Esquivel locked down his social media accounts.
finding it interesting the border town writer being a accused of sexual predator, let see the press cover this one or they will ignore it. i thought they believe all women?
— 0zerohero (@01zerohero) December 10, 2018
Now until we have some confirmation, this is merely speculative and we are presenting the details that we have so far. If this account is true, than I sincerely hope that it won’t be brushed under the rug like DC Comics did with Eddie Berganza. In Arizona, the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases is two years, so this will never be investigated by police.
Until more information comes out, and even if this is all we learn, it is still my sincere hope that Mrs. Naugle has gotten the catharsis that she deserves with her must-read blog post and that she and her husband Logan can move on and put this dark period behind them. I also hope that whoever the guilty party is in this case will never do this to another person, ever. And, like Cynthia, I hope that by her sharing her story, as have many other women who have come out about their abusers, that this will further promote a necessary change in our culture and that any men who have acted this way will ultimately be held accountable if they are found guilty.
We will update this story as more information is made available or if any of the parties involved provide further comment.
— Cynthia Naugle (@TenTimesATiger) December 10, 2018
Shout out to That Umbrella Guy for picking up this story.
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* This post has been updated to include a link to Eric Esquivel’s response here.