Child Abuse - When the Authorities do Nothing

by Freida
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The child abuse wasn't to me,it was a little girl and it was her great grand mother. The little girl looked to be around 7 yrs of age.Her hair was pulled and she was hit on the right side of the head,smacked repeatedly and her hair was pulled in front of two police officers after I reported the abuse,and the officers saw it and did nothing because the woman denied it.there was six people saw the abuse.Why didn't the officers ask the witnesses instead of the old woman.I would like to know what to do if I see something like this happen again.My husband saw it and didnt want to do anything,I couldn't just sit there and watch that child suffer.Thats the problem with people ,they don't want to get involed.Dont ever tell me not to help a child.I sat there and was about the call the police and they just walked up.Jesus was there to help that child and he will,someway he will stop the abuse.

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Oct 03, 2013
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

It sounds as though someone else who witnessed this contacted the police. Disturbing that even though the officers saw what they saw, they accepted the woman's denials. But you see, we live in a society where it is acceptable to strike a helpless child for so-called discipline. THIS is where the problem lies. If this woman had done what she did to a full-grown adult, someone who could defend him/herself, the officers would have cuffed her, taken her to jail and likely charges would have been laid. But do this to a child, and all bets are off. People do terrible things behind closed doors. When they are doing awful things to children in public, the question becomes, what are they doing in private. What are they doing that could seriously harm the child. It is when good people do nothing that injustices continue to occur. If everyone took the approach your husband took (and sadly, many do), then what kind of a society would we live in. You were the one who wanted to do the right thing.

The police are one agency to contact. Child Protection Services can also be called, in conjunction with the authorities. You can also try to escalate the complaint with the police, but there are no guarantees of what will happen. Consider going to the newspaper and either write an editorial about what you witnessed and/or try to get the paper to investigate. Freida, continue to always act on what you see. Do what you can for the one who cannot do for themselves. That's what being a part of a community is all about. I send you and that little girl love, light and healing energy. Thank you for sharing this story with my visitors and me.

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