Abuse survivor thanks all who help

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDid you know?o There were 678,810 different, verified victims of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. in 2012.o An average of four children die of abuse in the U.S. every day.o There were more than 3,700 reports of suspected felony child abuse in Clark County in 2013.SOURCES: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Legacy Salmon Creek Medical center; Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center 2014 report on child abuse in Clark CountyFor more information, go to legacyhealth.orgThere were no laws, no precedents, nothing to protect Dave Pelzer from abuse when he was a child. There was only a culture of privacy and silence, of everyone knowing their place.“It’s a private family matter,” was Pelzer’s mother’s reply to questions about little Dave’s well-being. “It’s not your concern.” That was good enough for most grown-ups — even Pelzer’s own father, a respected local firefighter, who was raised to believe that women ruled the roost while men brought home the bacon and stayed above the fray, Pelzer said.So Pelzer spent years suffering his alcoholic mother’s abuse, which was eventually judged some of the most spectacularly awful mistreatment California authorities had ever seen, he said. He was beaten, poisoned, malnourished, burned and degraded. He was isolated from the rest of his family.Most appalling of all, Pelzer told 530 people at a fundraising luncheon for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s Child Abuse Assessment Team on Friday, was this: “They knew. Everybody knew.” All along, he said, there were schoolteachers, neighbors and even local police who understood what was going on in the Pelzer household.last_img read more