Charlotte Lankard: Speaking out against child abuse

Combating child abuse is not just the task of the Department of Human Services. Too often we look the other way when we sense threatening situations because we don't want to believe people are capable of such evil. It is immoral for us do so.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD clankard@opubco.com Published: May 14, 2012
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Sarah, my 16-year-old granddaughter, designs clothes in her spare time. She sketches, buys materials and sews the garments.

Recently she participated in a fundraiser in which she and 10 other teenage designers from Houston high schools created clothes for a fashion show. While I was awed at the talents of these teens, I was more impressed with their reason for participating.

The style show was titled “Speak Against Silence,” and proceeds benefited Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, a nonprofit organization serving Houston families since 1980.

In Oklahoma we, too, are painfully aware of this issue and are stunned at the violence directed toward children.

I hope you read the story in the May 6 edition of The Oklahoman. Reporter Ginnie Graham wrote of the responsibility of each of us to report child abuse. Graham gave chilling statistics, listed warning signs and offered useful suggestions.

The following are some books useful for anyone who is involved with children.

“Something is Wrong at My House,” by Diane Davis and Keith Neely, is based on a true story about a child seeking and finally obtaining help in a domestic violence situation.