According to her trainer, Kathleen Gilliam, who is a volunteer at Child Advocacy Center in Allentown, Violet is special because she is sweet and loving. “She’s the most sweet and loving animal that I have ever known,” she said.
Violet gives her love very generously and she is very patient. “She won’t talk. She won’t tell your secrets. Kids tell her all kinds of things. They whisper things into her fur.”
The children know that Violet will accept them no matter what they tell her. “ She’s been a comfort to so many children,” said Judith Olin, director at the Center.
The child abuse statistics are going down nationally. But in Erie County this is not happening. It is very unfortunate, but in 90% of the cases, the abuser is someone in the direct environment of the child. The child knows him and he could be a family member, a relative, a neighbour, a teacher or a coach.
This makes the job of tracking and finding abusers a difficult task because they are part of the child’s life and because they blend in they can go unnoticed for years.
So what is the best advice if you suspect child abuse?
- Look for the physical and mental signs of abuse
- Talk to your kids
- Listen to your kids.
Listen, just like Violet does!
You can watch a video about this here.
Article source: Eyewitness News