No Help From Government

by Marion
(Molino, Florida, USA)

It's a shame that our government doesn't acknowledge there are more types of abuse against children than just physical. After four years of trying to get help for my grandchildren, their father was attacked by their mother. The children were scared to go home to her. The children responded by saying, "She'll hurt me for leaving with my dad."

After she was released from jail, they were forced to go back to her. After talking to an attorney, their father found out he didn't have enough proof for abuse. Being terrified of their mother because of the threats, being locked outside at night in the dark, being forced to stay in their room, their toys being thrown away for punishment, not letting them have any contact with the father's side of the family, and many other things isn't the same as physical abuse, so our law system doesn't stand behind the fathers and help them get the custody they deserve in order to help save their children. We have to sit back and watch the children's lives be destroyed because their mother feels she's above the law, and the law supports that.

Even after getting law enforcement to go to their home because of drugs, even after they were told where to find the drugs, they did nothing but inform them of who turned them in. So what is there to do now but sit and watch two young boys who could have made something out of their lives fall through the cracks.

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