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Dec 14, 2008
Who to report to...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I'm so very sorry to learn that you were raped as a child. I do hope you're in some form of counselling in order to help you deal with the emotional residue of what happened to you, as well as with the abuse you witnessed happening to others.

I am not even remotely surprised this man is a police officer. It is not unusual for abusers to choose professions that put them in some kind of position of authority. It is not at all unusual for abusers to find a profession where they can "hide" behind that authority and the support that is offered by their peers. Peers can become unwitting enablers because of such professional support. But please, do not judge all police officers based on the conduct of one or a few.

Unless there is clear and present danger of life, child abuse should be reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) or the local equivalent agency, NOT the police; although CPS can and will get them involved when deemed necessary. If police are called, be sure to also call CPS. Don't assume the police will do so.

As for historical cases of child abuse where the abused is now an adult, it is entirely up to the adult abuse survivor to get the authorities involved. Statute of limitations laws apply, and are applicable based on where the abuse took place.

To all my visitors: Please, if you've witnessed a child being abuse, for goodness sake, report it to the appropriate agency as soon as possible. It is your moral—and in many cases, your legal—responsibility. Whether or not you are legally bound to report, a child's life hangs in the balance. Children can't protect themselves. It's up to us as adults to protect them when the very people in charge of protecting them are actually harming them.

Thank you for sharing this story with my visitors and me.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Jun 25, 2009
iam sorry what happen
by: ranel

iam sorry what happen on you iwish you win in juctice

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