What is it going to take before top leaders in our government address the issue of child abuse and neglect? They thankfully continue to fund programs that have been in existence for a very long time such as foster care, adoption, and a whole list of other services, but they do not ever speak about putting an end to child abuse. They also never bring up the enormous amount of violence occurring daily within American homes.
Child abuse is America’s largest human rights violation. There are more deaths from child abuse than the H1N1 virus, our wars combatting terrorism, or any other national concern. And yet, our President, Vice President, nor any member of Congress will discuss this openly. I wrote President Obama many times hoping to talk to him about what really needs to be done to support adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. I eventually got a phone call from his office, but was informed that he didn’t have time on his schedule to meet with me.
I wrote Vice President Joe Biden and asked to meet with him to talk about the 50 million adult survivors of child abuse in America and what is needed legislatively to support them. I have received no response from his office.
You would think Senator Scott Brown, the first Congressman to openly talk about his history of child abuse, would want to reach out to survivors. After hearing about his memoir and watching him on television promoting his book, I wrote to him asking to meet with him. I received no response from him either.
I wish every survivor in the United States would call the White House at 202-456-1414 and leave a message for President Obama to “stop ignoring child abuse and adult survivors.” I believe that someday there will be a louder voice from each of us. We have to keep working to make our issues known and to stop this criminal behavior.