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Dec 21, 2007
Very risky . . .
by: Darlene Barriere - webmaster

You should have had loving, nurturing and supportive parents. Parents who would protect you, not parents who used you as a means to vent their own frustrations.

It sounds as though the way Child Services went about investigating the first report of child abuse was nothing short of bungled. You deserved so much more from that agency. They should have protected you from your abusive parents; they certainly failed you.

While I commend Mrs. X for helping you to be safe, I have to also tell you that she broke the law, for which there are serious consequences. In Canada and the United States, she could be prosecuted for failing to report known child abuse. She took a great risk going about things the way she did. She could lose her job. She could lose her teaching certificate for life, making it so that she could never teach again. She would have a criminal record, meaning she would not be able to enter another country. Her "record" would follow her and affect every aspect of her life. I truly see her conduct as honourable, because she really did have your best interest at heart, especially in light of the way Child Services make a mess of the first report of abuse. I would be remiss if I didn't say to you and my other visitors that such actions carry the very real possibility of criminal prosecution, as ridiculous as that may sound. I find it intensely distasteful that our incompetent child protective system compels good people to act outside the law, laws that should be more focused on keeping children safe, not saving abusive parents from being held accountable.

Having said all that, I'm delighted you are now in a safe place. You are to be applauded for your strength; the women's shelter is to be applauded for assisting you with finding that strength. Stay strong and stay safe.


Dec 21, 2007
Not Fair
by: FeeFee

This is a very sad story. lifes sometimes not fair, but NOBODY should have to go thorugh what you went through! dont worrie, your on the right road for telling someone you trust. You have a fab life ahead of you. Go for it babes! xxx

Nov 28, 2010
finally.....a teacher who ACTED!
by: My Two Cents

I have been looking through tons of the stories in here, trying to figure out how all of these horrible incidents of abuse could happen.

It seems nobody noticed (really?), nobody called child welfare, or if they did, child welfare did not find evidence and closed the case instead of following up in a week or two.

Don't misunderstand, I think the child welfare people do a lot but there is never enough time, never enough resources... But that does not excuse them - they choose to work in child welfare. If they don't do their job(s), then private citizens like your teacher have to step up.

I have began to wonder what would happen if every child welfare staff person quit and refused to work until they had the resources they needed to do their jobs?

The teacher who helped you, as Darlene wrote, took an incredible risk, a risk that seems to have paid off. It is sickening to think she might be punished for it...if society doesn't want private citizens doing this, maybe they should get child welfare to do their jobs and protect kids.

At the end of the day, I am glad you are safe, I am glad you encountered one of those special people who does what is 'right' rather than what is 'proper' and 'correct.'. We need more people like your teacher in society, people who DO the RIGHT thing.

Be well.

My Two Cents

Ps - Darlene, this story is exactly what I have been hoping to see in here somwhere. Thank you for posting it.

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