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Targeted Podcast True Crime Domestic Violence

May 21, 2018

“As you read this sentence, a social worker somewhere is making a decision that will protect a child. As we look back across history, it is clear that the effort to protect children is not a story of failure, but a story of progress and hope. The child protection system is far from perfect, and much remains to be...


May 14, 2018

“Child abuse thrives in the shadows of privacy and secrecy.  It lives by inattention.”  So said Dr. David Bakan, professor of psychology in his book “Slaughter of the Innocents.”  Melisha’s death at the hands of her stepfather brought such a bright spotlight to the dark nasty secret of child battering that...


May 7, 2018

Before speaking about the changes to social services we need to understand why Melisha was placed back with her parents.

 

Melisha Gibson’s stepfather abused her severely at 11 months old and she lived for more than three years in a foster family with whom she had a deep bond.  Foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins...