When I started this website, my very first article talked about the total absence of a national dialogue about adult survivors of child abuse and neglect and abused children in general. Child abuse is the largest humanitarian crisis in America causing tremendous damage psychologically, emotionally, and economically on defenseless victims. And yet, Hillary Clinton and President Obama continue to remain silent. Where is the outrage? Where is the sense of decency and support for the 50 million adult survivors of child abuse who continue to suffer horribly due to the acts of their perpetrator(s)?
I have outlined repeatedly how abuse to a child causes damage that is hard-wired into their developing brains—without the child even knowing this is happening—which leads to so much suffering later in life. The ACE Study is the largest study documenting this finding. The work was done by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control with over 17,000 patients involved.
With all the handwringing in Congress about getting their house in order, no one takes into account that we spend about $8.6 billion/month on child abuse (see Congress and the President Ignore the Cost of Child Abuse). That is the same amount of money the United States spent on the war in Afghanistan! And yet the indifference of President Obama of this humanitarian crisis is shameful.
I wrote to President Obama eight times asking to meet with him to discuss child abuse. I finally got a phone call but was told, “I’m sorry, President Obama doesn’t have time to meet with you.”
I sent a lengthy letter about the plight of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect along with a copy of my autobiography to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. I talked about this being her time to speak up about supporting adult survivors of child abuse. After waiting for over four months to hear form her, I finally received a card that said,
Dear Ms. Champé,
Thank you for sending Secretary Clinton a copy of your book, Conquering Incest—My Life as a Trauma Survivor and for sharing the thoughtful and detailed proposal about the work you are doing through the E Diane Champé Institute.
Secretary Clinton is grateful for your advocacy on behalf of adult survivors of child abuse, however, she will be unable to consider your proposal at this time. On her behalf, please accept my best wishes for every success with your efforts.
Robert Vincent Russo
Director of Correspondence
Neither President Obama nor Secretary Clinton feel the need to speak out for survivors of child abuse. That says it all.