Group deals with child abuse
The latest alleged murder of a 2-year-old girl in Poultney by her stepfather has incensed me. The fact that she had been subjected to previous abuse leads me to wonder why she had been returned to her mother’s custody, especially after warnings from her mother’s family members. In my humble opinion, DCF is understaffed and undertrained. I realize that state budgeting is a large part of this problem.
One answer to these atrocities happening is for everyone to be made aware of the signs of abuse. Neighbors, family members, caregivers, grocery clerks — in other words, anyone who might come into contact with these abused and neglected children should know what to look for. In order to do this, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont needs funding to train people to go out into our schools, public forums and hospitals. One-half of PCAVT’s income comes from individuals such as you and me, organizations and businesses.
Educating our young adults in the schools about how to cope with the pressures of parenting or babysitting for someone else’s children is another of the ways PCAVT strives to reduce the incidences of abuse. This organization has done a tremendous job in lowering the incidences of shaken-baby syndrome. Visit the PCAVT website for more facts and figures.
As 2012-14 president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont, I have taken on Prevent Child Abuse Vermont as my administration’s signature project. As concerned women, we need to get the word out to unprepared caregivers who become violent under stress that their behavior will not be ignored or tolerated. We cannot allow innocent little people to continue to be abused, ignored or neglected.
I implore you. If this latest unnecessary death has touched you in any way, please reach out with a donation to PCAVT. Share this letter with your family, friends and neighbors. Who knows, the next victim may be someone you love.
Send your donation to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, PO Box 829, Montpelier, VT 05601.