Saturday, February 17, 2007

Two worst foster abuse cases I've heard about lately


Photograph of Georgie Buoy; note the moral vacancy in her eyes.
Okay - deep breath. Some news stories are so terrible that I don't even want to write about them.

Here are two of them:
1.) Robert Clinton (FL): This despicable man photographed himself having sex with his three-year-old foster daughter. Sheriff's officals found 40 photographs of the two of them together.

And, when confronted by the evidence, what did Robert Clinton say? He said that she "had not been harmed."

Not harmed? Imagine being a three-year-old child and having the person entrusted with your care abuse you and exploit you in this fashion. Wondering at the time if you deserved it. Thinking that something must be wrong with you, because you aren't living with your family anymore.

Young children are like teenagers: egocentric. If something goes wrong, a young child thinks that they made it happen.

All I can do is hope that as this young girl grows up, she will eventually come to the realization that this was not her fault, that something inside of Robert Clinton, something dark and disturbing, led him to do this to her.

I hope that in time she realizes that what she deserves is love, protection and shelter. A three-year-old child should never know what it feels like to have a man force himself into her and photograph the experience.

Did I mention that she was the 13th foster child entrusted to his care?

2.) Georgie Audean Buoy (OR): This 84-year-old woman has been charged with several counts of sexual abuse in at least three separate incidents. In a taped confession, she admitted having sex with her 11-year-old foster son.
Sources:
Foster parent arrested for child sex photos. ABC, Feb. 15, 2007.
McCall, William. 84-year-old woman admits sex with boy in foster care. Seattle Times, Feb. 16, 2007.
Sex battery charges filed against foster parent. WFTV, Feb. 15, 2007.

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Comments:
Not your average image of "child molester".
 
"Not harmed." Right.

As a foster parent I know what it feels like to have a child reveal over the course of weeks and months the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of a trusted person in their life. I know what it feels like to have them worry every night that their abuser will come for them in the night. I know what it feels like to know they will be in therapy for the rest of their life.

But no harm was done, no sireee.
 
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