I want to talk about those 13 Children that were imprisoned by their parents. I listened on the news last night all the red flags that were there. 29 years they imprisoned their own children. The worst thing, they will probably blame it on being Christian and not wanting their children to succumb to temptation. They will say they were protecting their children from the evils of the world.
I understand that people don’t want to report things that aren’t there to DHHS. But 29 years and you saw nothing? Problem is people saw a lot that was odd. a whole neighborhood did and said nothing until one brave girl escaped. Now they are saying how much they saw.
When I first heard the story, I thought well they must have kept everything well hidden. But they didn’t those skeletal like children we outside being marched around the house. I know they have blurred the pictures of the children. But seriously, who dresses 13 children alike? And surely people saw them at Disney and those other vacation pictures that were shown? According to the pictures 13 children skinny as could be various ages, all dressed alike? okay people do dress similar on vacation, you know those t-shirts.
There is so much Domestic abuse in this world, but there is also apathy. We don’t want to be snitches in case we catch someone with a very logical explanation.
One incident is coincident. two maybe, but 29 years? The point is we should be more observant, be more willing to get involved.
I am not saying that if someone yells at their kid in the grocery store that you should call DHHS, but I am saying pay attention. What are they saying to their children? How are the children responding? Are the children flinching when the yelling starts, as if they are expecting to be hit? Do the children have signs of bruising?
I saw a woman one day with a black eye and lots of bruising. I asked, her adult daughter, who was with her told me great detail about the accident. But what if she had been alone? I have seen the woman since then and she looks normal, the wounds have healed plus she didn’t have the fear look of an abused woman. That haunted look in their eyes even when they smile.
I am not saying that we should call the police every time we see something. We should use some common sense. Part of the problem is the police are sometimes slow to answer. I remember this little boy in our neighborhood playing in the gutter, no shoes, it was raining and we called. 3 hours later when the police showed up the boy was inside, well dressed, clean. The next day the family had moved away. It was before cell phones.
Today we can take pictures, record voices. learn to recognize the signs of domestic abuse. learn to be observant. Being observant can save lives, maybe even your own.
1 Corinthians 10:13:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.