Child Abuse - Story From a Daycare Worker

by Drew
(Location Undisclosed)

Okay, so this isn't my story, but I do play a role in it. So, I work at a daycare in the town I go to college in (I'm a junior). Anyhow one day I'm at work playing with my school kids, and one of the girls tells me she has something to tell me, but doesn't want the other kids to hear. Long story short she tells me that a kid at school told everyone he was being abused, and she was worried about him because no one seemed to do anything about it. After we talked some more turns out the teacher heard what he'd said and had written it down on a note on her desk, but that was all she saw, and she wanted someone to do more for him. I told her that more would be done, and that the only reason the teacher just wrote it down was because she needed to wait until she had time to go to the principal, or that she was making note of it in case he said more another time. I also explained to her how she (like me and my co worker) were mandatory reporters and how that all worked. I haven't heard anything else about it, and I haven't asked her because I doubt she'd know of anything else that was being done anyway. What really impressed me was how much she cared about this kid, and wanted to help him. (Btw I did also tell her that the best thing for her to do was to be a good friend to him, and also to be there for him if he needed someone to talk to). What also impressed me is that I believe she's only in like first or second grade, and she's doing this which made me very proud.

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Jan 24, 2013
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Bravo to that little girl! What a compassionate and loving little person she is. And I commend you for the way you handled the situation. I would add that if this little boy confides in her again, that she tell another adult she trusts, and to keep telling until someone does do something. She told you, so you too could make a report, because one never knows for certain that another adult did what they are mandated to do. As long as you have the information about who the boy is, then you know what you have to do. If she still appears to be upset by all this, it's important that she be able to talk to someone she trusts, like her parents. Her worry could affect her on many levels. Thank you for sharing this story with my visitors and me. Keep up the great work you're doing. Love and light to you, Drew.

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Jan 24, 2013
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by: Drew

I just wanted to clarify some stuff for you Darlene. The only thing she told me was that it was a boy in her class. Also she seems to be fine now that we talked because as far as I know she hasn't mentioned it again at daycare (not that she hasn't elsewhere just that that's the only place I see her), so I can't make the report although if I did you would be right, and what you said makes sense. Thanks again for all you do with this site and everything. Hopefully someday I can help kids like this too. :)

Jan 24, 2013
Children Deserve Love And Guidance
by: Charlene

All children are born innocent regardless of what they are and who they are, children deserve unconditional love and their dignity and their boundries should be treated with respect, they are human beings with feelings too and they should not be taken advantaged of, I agree with this too Drew, let us all encourage the children to speak out,because being shamed into silence do not get the perpetrator off of the children and people should not turn their back on a child.

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