I used to work for a Sheriff's department in the Victim Assistant
Unit. At the time, I was 23 years old and very thrilled with my new
promotion to this unit. During my time in this unit I met many children
who were survivors and victims of violent crimes. But there is always one
child in a position like this who says or does something that makes you
always remember them. In this unit we did crisis intervention with victims
of violent crimes. A lot of times those victims were children who had been
neglected, beaten, molested, etc. This is about a little girl who really
grabbed hold of my heart.
One evening I was called out of bed by dispatch for a 5 year old girl
who was a molest victim. I arrived on the scene and met the sweetest and
bravest little girl with angel like blond hair and blue eyes. I talked
with her for a while and I took her to the hospital for a molest exam and
then I was to take her to the Guardian Home for what is known as CHINs
(Children In Need of Services). This is a place where children are safe
and a case worker would decide the child's fate.
Never once at the hospital did this little girl cry. She was very
brave and told the doctors, and the police, and me, everything she needed
to tell. She was told she was going to a safe place and she knew she
wouldn't be sleeping in her warm bed at her own home. But she smiled and
said it would be nice to be someplace she could sleep and be safe from her
daddy. The man was really her step daddy but the only so called father the
child had ever known.
On the way to the guardian home she noticed my daughter's car seat.
She turned and looked at me and asked, "Do you have a little girl?"
I told her, " Yes I do, she is 3 years younger than you."
The little girl's angel eyes got filled with tears, but she smiled at
me and took my hand and said, "I wish I was your little girl because I know
she is safe with you and you would never let her daddy hurt her. I really
wish I had a mommy like you."
I had to turn my head and look out the window because of the crying
those words brought to my heart. We arrived at the guardian home and the
little girl hugged me when I was about to leave and said, "I will be okay
now. Thank you for making me safe to go to sleep."
I have never forgotten those words or the braveness of that sweet
little girl. I just wanted to remind everyone that those little vicitms
are the bravest children I have ever met. I have met many many survivors
like her and they come in all ages. Thank you for reading and say a prayer
for the little survivors.