The Paper | Thursday, April 10, 2014
NIGHT OF HOPE Continued from 3B
Paige Sanders, who joined the staff a month ago, shared about Katie, a young girl who disclosed she was being inappropriately touched by someone in her home. Her family did not believe her and she had felt unloved in her home for a long time. The girl confided that at The Tree House she felt valued and loved. Forensic interviewer Rebecca Crow said she and Victim Advocate Program therapist Debra Schreve are working with a group of teens who are having difficulty coping with their emotions and mood swings after being abused. One of the girls recently said she integrated some of her newfound skills in dealing with family in order to have a great outing with her family. Beverly Jackson said her committee works well together
with several being involved as long as she has chaired the Night of Hope for Children which is marking its 16th year. “I have a committee of woman and one very special man, Marshall Britt,” said Jackson, who, along with other committees, was presented a rose of appreciation. There was also a progressive dinner with the Grants, Manuses and Hamiltons at The Georgia and a BBQ dinner served up by the Brad and Christine Smith. Hollis Hart was the winner of the UGA football tickets on the 40-yard line but the lucky winner wasn’t at the event and failed to put contact number on her ticket. “Where in the world is Hollis Hart,” asked Maddox. Come to find out she is a University of Georgia who purchased her $10 ticket from a fellow student interning at The Tree House. The amount of money raised from the event is still being tal-
lied but is expected to be in excess of Big Dipper sponsors included Akins, Community Bank & Trust, State Rep. and Mrs. Terry England, District Attorney Brad and Christine Smith and Verity Bank. Solvay, the Winder Woman’s Club, K&B Fabricating and Community and Southern Bank were Hero sponsors. Serving as Great Hunter sponsors was the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick’s Towing and U-Haul, Republic Services, Farm Bureau, Larry and Peggy Rary, Peachstate Federal Credit Union, People’s Equity and Deborah Worley. Little Dipper sponsors were Auburn Elementary, Pam Veader State Farm, Holsenbeck Elementary School, WinderBarrow High School, Don and Shannon Hammond, the Winder Lions Club, Dottie Reynolds, the Winder Noon Lions Club, Synergy Church and Bob and Mary Cullerton.
LeAnne Akin The Paper
Jackson County was well represented at A Night of Hope for Children benefiting The Tree House with Teddie and Don Lohmeier, Commission Chairman Tom Crowe, District 4 Commissioner Dwain Smith and Tobie and Doug Haynie and others attending. The catered dinner from Trumps Catering included a beef carving station.
The staff of The Tree House includes Ida Segars, Jason Simpson, Tina Mingus, Debbie Nelson, Paige Sanders, Debra Schreve, Rebecca Crowe and Christina Thomason. Interns were also recognized.
How people found out about child abuse/neglect and how the community can help prevent it The treatment of children has become important to us as Americans only very recently. The first reported child abuse case was in 1874 and was brought by an agency not affiliated with children. Here’s what happened to Mary Ellen and how her case came to be heard. Mary Ellen was taken from her mother’s care because her father had died, her mother was working full time and could not provide for her nor take care of her. Her foster mother beat her, locked her in a room, rarely allowed her outside and didn’t provide adequate food or clothing. A neighbor heard Mary Ellen screaming and told a mission worker, who didn’t know where to get help. The mission worker finally talked to Henry Bergh, founder and president of the ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He took up Mary Ellen’s cause and was able to persuade a judge to hear her case. Mary Ellen was carried into the courtroom wrapped in a blanket. This is an excerpt from the newspaper report of what she told the judge: “My father and mother are both dead. I don’t know how old I am…I call foster mother mamma. I have
never had but one pair of shoes, but I cannot recollect when that was…My bed at night has only been a piece of carpet stretched on the floor underneath a window….Mamma has been in the habit of whipping and beating me almost every day. …I have no recollection of ever having been kissed by anyone — have never been kissed by mamma….Whenever mamma went out, I was locked up in the bedroom...I do not want to go back to mamma because she beats me so.” Mary Ellen was removed from her foster home. The case got a lot of public attention which caused an outpouring of reports of child beating and cruelty. Citizens called a meeting and formed an organization “for the defense of outraged childhood.” That group became incorporated the year after Mary Ellen’s case came to light as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. By 1965, mandatory reporting of child abuse by school teachers and medical
professionals had become law in all states. In Georgia, a new law was recently passed making many more people required to report any suspected child abuse. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act became law in 1974. Other laws have since been passed which protect children in many other ways. (Excerpts above are from the National CASA Association Volunteer Training Curriculum.) We all have relationships with children at church and in our neighborhoods. If we become trusted adults for these children, they will tell us when something isn’t right. When we see a possible case of neglect or abuse, we need to call and make a report to DFCS; contact our local DFCS office or the local police department during working hours; after hours (between 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.) call 1-855-GACHILD (1-855-422-4453). Resources in our community include: The Tree House holds free parenting classes and support groups for children; Peace Place has support groups for teens and parents who have been victims of domestic violence and has a shelter for victims; DFCS has lots of resources for families in trouble (they don’t take children out of the home unless there’s a risk of those children being hurt); Family Connection can provide
information and resources for families and individuals; Piedmont CASA provides and coordinates trained volunteers who advocate in court for children in foster care; Barrow County School System social workers help with food for kids on the weekends and with
By ANNETTE BATES
other needs. Our children deserve the best that we can provide for them so that they may grow up to become happy and productive citizens of our communities. Let’s work together to make our communities safe from child abuse, one child at a time.
Annette Bates is executive director of Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), one of the agencies collaborating to help prevent child abuse and provide services to victims. She can be reached at email@example.com
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