Duty to Report - Child Physical and Sexual Abuse

by Sarah A
(Manitoba, Canada)

I am an adult resident of Manitoba and have been made aware of some gross negligence & abuse that has been occuring to 2 precious children for a number of years now. The problem at hand is that both children are in foster care on a native reserve. Despite the older child disclosing physical abuse to numerous adults and various caregivers as well as a picture and complaints of the younger child almost obsessively placing objects in the vaginal area of her dolls, both children are still in care in the home where the abuse has been occuring. Despite an independant assesment being completed 3-4 weeks ago, at the request of the courts, with the recommendation of "immediate removal" of both children, we found out on Friday , May 25 that they are still in the home. As well, no abuse reports have been presented or completed as far as we know, despite the numerous allegations. This is all going through the courts but in the meantime, myself and my family have reason to believe that both of these children are in immediate and ongoing danger. We have exhausted all of our leads and have contacted any and all parties that we have been told to go through. It appears that going through the legal, normal channels has done nothing.

We feel as a family that we are upholding our "duty to report", however, it has continuously fallen on deaf ears.

We have almost 2 years of documentation of negligence on behalf of the social workers, the child advocate, the southern authority, CFS and the reserve however, due to child privacy laws, we are not allowed to share any of this info, so that means what?? That these children are being made to suffer not only quietly but secretly. I don't know who else we are supposed to tell. I don't know who's job it is to fix this. It is sick and disgusting and time for someone to help them.

Thank you for your time.

Sarah A

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Jun 01, 2012
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You're a caring and compassionate woman. Those children are worthy of the advocacy you're showing them, even if it's from the sidelines. I would contact the media and tell them the story if all other avenues open to me were exhausted. Perhaps exposing the corrupt and negligent system would get them moving on behalf on these (and other) abused children. I send you and these children love, light and healing energy, Sarah. Thank you for sharing this story with my visitors and me.

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Jun 01, 2012
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Jun 02, 2012
media, political resources
by: Anonymous

Try Lindor Reynolds of the Wpg Free Press. She has won quite a few awards for her work reporting on child prostitution and the situation with Phoenix Sinclair.

Colleen Simard is another reporter that may be helpful - she used to publish an aboriginal newspaper and she currently writes a column for the Winnipeg Free Press.

With regards to politicians, I have been disappointed, especially with the lack of action on the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry, but if you didn't know, Premier Greg Salinger is a social worker by training. He was a professor at the U of Manitoba in the faculty of social work back in the mid 90s. A letter or a call to his office might be helpful.

An another approach would be the alternative media like Marty Gold or "the Black Rod" (google will find it).

Hope that helps.

I wish I could be of more help.

Jun 03, 2012
Thank You
by: Sarah

At this point, we will follow any and all leads we can get. Thanks for the tips and we'll keep on trucking!!!!! I'll do my best to keep everyone here updated. Thank you all for your comments, thoughts and positive energy!!

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