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May 18, 2009
You did the right thing telling that teacher...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Now that you know what child abuse is, you can report it when you see it. At 7 years old, of course you wouldn't know. So don't blame yourself. The fact that you told a teacher was a very good thing. But that teacher had at the very least a moral, if not legal, obligation (depending on the country you live in) to report what you had disclosed about Angelina and her parents. You DID something; you told. I can only hope that 9 years later, people around you would have learned to intervene and not just brush such abuse under the carpet the way they did with Angelina. I too hope your friend is now safe.

I also hope you have someone you can talk to about the repercussions of witnessing this terrible incident. Even 9 years later, you may well have some emotional residue you still need to deal with.

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

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

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