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TN Child abuse cases double

Posted by Sandra On September - 16 - 2010

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A bubbly, extroverted young girl who had been popular with classmates suddenly becomes withdrawn in the middle of the school year.

Her demeanor changes. She stops going to school. Her grades drop.

“She starts going into her little shell,” said Chris Barnhill, executive director of Williamson County CASA.

School officials suspect something is up, and after her fifth unexcused absence, a court-appointed special advocate is asked to look into the girl’s home situation.

The advocate discovers the girl is being abused by her father.

She is taken out of the home and parental rights are terminated.

Her father goes to prison. Her mother loses custody because it is discovered that she was aware of the situation and did not intervene.

Not merely a difficult scenario, this is a true story. The girl is now in foster care and is awaiting adoption. It all happened in Williamson County.



By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
Educate Yourself--Learn the Facts--It may Just Save a Child's Life!!

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4 Responses

  1. lydia, Hadland_2015 Says:

    thats really sad and who would think of doing that to a child EWWWWWW!!!!

    Posted on October 13th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

  2. Bethany93 Says:

    Hi…I’ve been there. I was physically abused by my mom, emotionally abused by my dad’s parents, and sexually abused by my dad. I am 17 and about to graduate. I was adopted in 2008. my email is [email protected]

    Posted on March 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am

  3. Bethany93 Says:

    I always hurt for the children who have to go though that pain.

    Posted on March 21st, 2011 at 9:01 am

  4. Denise Smith Says:

    Hello sweetheart. You are a precious girl ! Please always remember, that the abuses you suffered, were from THEIR hard heartedness…NOT because you were unloveable. I am praying for you, dear. love…

    Posted on March 23rd, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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