But, since there is a teenager, this time...even Seattle has to put it in print. She can talk. (I am sure for 'privacy" and "psychological" reasons the department will recommend that she not be interviewed.) SHE SHOULD BE INTERVIEWED. THE PUBLIC SHOULD...AS HARD AS IT WILL BE TO LISTEN...BE TOLD WHAT SHE ENDURED.
Let me speak for her.
The 47 Lb. teenage would say to the public: "Where were you? I asked for help. I begged you. I told my teacher! And, I thought I would get help. Instead...a CPS worker came to my house and... just listened to my evil dad and hateful step-mom.
I was skinny and meek in the corner of the room. I never smiled. My head was down...I couldn't look at anyone for the fear of retaliation on the part of my parents ran through me. And, after CPS left...it was even worse than before! Oh, why did I try to get help?
Be aware that there will be no apology given to the 14-year-old. To do so would be for DSHS to admit they should have done a better job. That means they would be sued.
We don't have a lot of money these days. But, if it draws public attention to the need for accountability, and it helps with the expenses that this young woman will encounter because of her home torture and incarceration...then so be it!
WE NEED TO OPEN UP DSHS TO PUBLIC REVIEW! LET THE LIGHT OF DAY SHINE ON THIS DEPARTMENT. WE NEED A CITIZEN OVER-SIGHT COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE CASES. CITIZENS...NOT SHRINKS...PEOPLE WHO VIEW THE WORLD AS IT REALLY IS.