Month: April 2015
Abuse in Bakersfield | 04_11_15
There are so many questions that I have after looking at the video of the Bakersfield, California child being hit in the face by a “man” while a camera rolled. The first and most heart wrenching question that comes to mind is how scared this baby must have been. If you can manage to watch it – you can tell in his panicked run through the cramped aisle that he knew what was going to happen – which means it has happened before.
Another thing that struck me was the female in the video, obviously pregnant, and just like the baby who was knocked to the floor, seemed like she had been there before. We do not know her story yet – but if she is not an accomplice – my bet is she too is a victim.
I hate that the child had to experience such cruelty but I can’t help but be grateful that Justin Whittington, the suspect in the video and the child’s alleged father, was dumb enough to do it in public – otherwise…
The store employees and owners deserve special shout-outs, they cared enough to look at their surveillance video and contact the police. They spoke up, something that seems easy to do but that takes a lot of courage, kudos to them.
If you or someone you know is dealing with child and/or domestic abuse say something, speak up.
Child/Domestic Abuse Resources:
National Children’s Alliance http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/
Child Abuse Education & Prevention Resources – Childhelp https://www.childhelp.org/story-resource-center/child-abuse-education-prevention-resources/
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child Abuse Resource Center http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Centers/Child_Abuse_Resource_Center/Home.aspx
The Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/ Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in over 170 languages. All calls are confidential and anonymous
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) http://www.ncadv.org/need-support/resources
Domestic Shelters http://www.domesticshelters.org/
Source: DailyMail.com: Shocking moment ‘dad punches his toddler in the face so hard he falls to the ground in a California supermarket’
It’s something some of us take for granted. A lot of people don’t believe in the process and who can blame them? Politicians can be devious and dare I say; liars. The political process is full of loopholes and unfairness. But despite all of that, voting still matters and this week was a great example of why. In Ferguson, Missouri – where the death of Michael Brown sparked national outrage and put a spotlight on racist activities at the highest levels of government – people went out and voted. More than usual. The outcome: “For the first time in Ferguson, Missouri’s history, half of the city council will be black.” USA Today – Ferguson Votes
There was a less dramatic ballot where I live, but still, #iVoted