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An Open Letter To Leech Lake Indian Reservation

Updated on April 8, 2014

How It All Began

I believe the best service to the child is the service closest to the child, and children who are victims of neglect, abuse, or abandonment must not also be victims of bureaucracy. They deserve our devoted attention, not our divided attention.

Kenny Guinn

A little over a year ago I wrote an article about Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota, and in that article I discussed the concerns of a woman who has witnessed child abuse on that Reservation. It was not a pleasant article nor was it meant to be. There is nothing pleasant about child abuse. There is no way to sugarcoat a topic like child abuse.

Amazingly, it took about a year for the citizens of Leech Lake to discover my article, but when they finally did read it, they wasted no time in commenting about my it. Many of the comments were inflammatory. Some were supportive. I thought I would share some of those comments with you and then respond to them.

Child abuse happens in Olympia. Does that mean I am against Olympians?
Child abuse happens in Olympia. Does that mean I am against Olympians? | Source

Here Are the Negative Concerns

“I am a white female that lives close to this reservation. I am also a social worker & have worked near the reservation as well as other areas of the state. I am upset with this article because it neglects to point out the very same abuse of children & the system happens off the reservation as well as on. to me, its unfair to pinpoint the reservation problems without stating it happens as much as with other races, including white people that are on county support.”

And another one:

“I am an enrolled member of leech lake and also was a foster child through out Minnesota including the leech lake area; where I was raised and family still resides; I have to say that the story is all bs and hearsay where are the facts!!! Yes, there are issues and bad behavior along with judgement but how is that different from any where else in the world. With insight from being a foster child myself and being in a total of 38 foster homes non-native inculded there where equal mistreatment and abuse between non-native and native foster homes. There was an equal of loving foster homes that cared and wanted nothing more then to provide a safe stable environment. There are good people in the world and there are people in the world that do horrid awful things so, to just place all the ugly in the world on a few reservations and not through out the world is just as awful “

And another:

“I am non-Native and I worked on the Leech Lake Reservation for 16 years as an Environmental Health Specialist. I was in an out of homes performing housing inspections, water analysis, etc. Yes, Leech Lake Reservation has their share of problems as does any area negatively impacted by poverty and lack of economic opportunity.”

And one more:

“Leech Lake has the same problems as any other area in the United States. Why is it so sensationalized, exaggerated and even fabricated in this story? Is it for the fame of the writer? It makes you wonder.”

Child abuse happens in every corner of society...that is a fact that cannot be denied
Child abuse happens in every corner of society...that is a fact that cannot be denied | Source

Now for Some Support

“Reading the comments , one has to wonder how the people of Spirit Lake, Turtle Mountain , etc .... responded with similar comments when Billy brought awareness to the horrors that came to light from his reporting. For those who do not want to believe that children are being harvested for financial gain here at Leech Lake Rez, you had better open your eyes up and uncover your ears, in place of being enablers for cruelty and exploitation to continue.”

And this one:

“The book "Dying in Indian Country" is a first hand account of a family from the Leech Lake Reservation. It corroborates the high level of child abuse.

Many who deny the reality at Leech Lake

1. Have become so used to it that they think it is normal - or

2. Have become used to hiding the realities due to shame or fear of a loved one going to jail (think co-dependency) - or

3. Are involved in the abuse and deny it to protect themselves.

The abuse is horrific and wide-spread.”

And finally this one:

“plz contact me at (I have deleted the phone number for privacy issues) i have many horror stories about the foster care system here”

My Thoughts About the Responses

The first thing that struck me while reading the negative comments was the fact that they said that yes, abuse happens on the Reservation, but it happens everywhere else too, so why single out the Reservation? Yes, they have their problems, but why highlight them?

As if that makes everything alright!

I was also struck by their insistence on using the race card as an argument against my accusations. According to many, because I am a white man I have no right to speak out against child abuse among Native Americans. If there is logic in that argument I fail to see it. Child abuse happens in all societies. That is a fact. Child abuse knows no color barriers. It is not limited to a particular race. Child abuse is wrong…period! I have written about sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon. Does that make me prejudiced against the citizens of Oregon? I have written about child abuse in Topeka, Baltimore, Skokie and Tampa Bay. Does that mean I have a vendetta against the citizens of those cities?

The central point that cannot be denied is this: child abuse, anywhere, anytime, is wrong, and if it is happening then it must be discussed and dragged out of the closet and stopped.

Quite frankly I am sick and tired of the race card being played. It has no place in this discussion. I do not live in Greece but I know abuse occurs there. I do not live in Germany but you can bet child abuse happens there as well. Child abuse is a sickness that happens in all societies, and the only way for it to lessen is for awareness to be raised and for caring, compassionate people to stand up against it. That is what I did with my earlier article and I offer no apologies for it at all, nor do I apologize for an earlier article about the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota. Interestingly there was practically no outrage about the Spirit Lake article and yet it was much more scathing. In fact, those allegations were investigated and changes were made within the foster care system on that Reservation.

This is what I look like and I make no apologies for this article or the earlier one.
This is what I look like and I make no apologies for this article or the earlier one. | Source

Here’s the Bottom Line

I offer no olive branch of peace in this matter. Children are being abused. Children are being sold. It is happening here in Olympia, it happens at Leech Lake, and it is happening in thousands of other locations around the world. Abuse is wrong no matter where it happens, and I will continue to speak out about it. If that makes people uncomfortable then that is just too bad. If that outrages people then oh well! Who will speak for the children if not me and others like me who understand that no civilized community would ever condone the abuse of a helpless child?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      aleechlaker, thanks for your opinion. I appreciate you stopping by again. Calling me name is not going to solve the problems at Leech Lake.

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      aleechlaker 3 years ago

      I didnt think you would put that up there. Coward.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, aleechlaker.

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      aleechlaker 3 years ago

      it wasn't a viewpoint. it was a dare to you to produce facts. without facts your writing fiction that embarrasses a whole race and manipulates victims into fighting for you simply for your entertainment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your viewpoint, aleechlaker.

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      aleechlaker 3 years ago

      your still not addressing the real issue here. It isn't a race thing. its a truth thing. You heard one story from someone. You repeated it. You don't put any research into it. I live here. I never heard about a baby dying in the sun. this is a small place, everyone hears everything. Where's the real truth? is there a police report? is there a reputable news source cited? How credible is your source? Does that person have an ax to grind with the people of leech lake? I think this was a story written with malice, racial or nor. Its not fact. And you dismissing anyones negative responses as "condoning child abuse" is disgusting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Paula, I think you do quite well.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      These are the times when I wish I had been blessed with a better command of our language.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, it truly was eloquent, wasn't it? :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Renee, thank you so much for your opinion. I find it amazing that there is no child abuse on your reservation, but thanks for your thoughts.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Renee Judkins, Leech Lake band member......You comment so eloquently. This changes everything from wrong to right.

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      Renee Judkins, Leech Lake band member. 3 years ago

      Your story is crap .... Made up, you cannot produce one piece of paper to support your stories .... No baby ever fried as you say, what an ass,

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spirit Whisperer, thank you my friend. I appreciate you supporting this cause.

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      Xavier Nathan 3 years ago from Isle of Man

      An excellent article in which you so eloquently expose the secondary gain for those delusional enough to imagine that the colour of their skin affords them freedom from scrutiny. I will share this through my social media network. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, this is one of those situations where I don't care if I offend the entire Native American population....children deserve to grow up feeling safe....PERIOD!

      As long as I know there are rational people like you who agree then I'll keep writing about this topic.

      bill

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bravo! This is absolutely as it should be. Yes, we all need to be alert and aware....yes, we must ALL speak out.....and NO...we must never back down for any reason.

      Those (anywhere) who lash out the loudest and crudest are the most guilty....those in complete denial....or those bent on "damage control."

      News flash:....the only damage needing control is that which is inflicted upon innocent children......until these atrocities are put to an end.....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, all of your points are valid. I understand why my articles are poorly received by the reservation members....and I have sympathy for their points of view...but....we still come back, as you said, to the fact that children need protection, and if the reservation ruling body won't do it then someone else needs to step up and stir the hornets nest.

      Peace my friend and thanks

      bill

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      Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "According to many, because I am a white man I have no right to speak out against child abuse among Native Americans." - I will tell You from personal experience that for a white man to get loud about issues on First Nation Reserves is a tough cookie to bite into. I did that regarding lack of public schools on reservations and had people from reservations make all sorts of ugly comments.

      I would say that we (those wearing white skin) still have to remember that it was the Christian white man who stole land, stole children and put them in boarding schools where they were abused in all sorts of ways ... and here in Canada recently there was information revealed about First Nations Children having been used as test subjects for experiments. This was not a hundred years ago either - it is quite fresh in many people's memories. Lives have been dramatically changed - entire families I may add. So, with this in mind I think it is important to understand that there is still a level of distrust when we try to get involved in such issues.

      And to be frank, there are corrupt leaders on many reserves as there are corrupt leaders in congress, or on Wall St. , or anywhere else. These people will be the first to complain about any sort of investigation and claim that it is all okay and whatever problems exist are being dealt with.

      Personally, I do not care who kids belong to, if they are being mistreated and abused I would do all I can to help them out - not because I wish to be some hero but because children need protection, guidance and help (in general). Taking advantage of them is too easy sometimes ...

      Thank You for the article. Will share.

      May Wakan Tanka guide your path.

      Da-na'-ho-we-yo.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, abuse is the atrocity that makes me so angry and helpless. Children need to be protected; if their parents won't do it then it is up to the community to do so. Thank you!

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Teaching children what abuse looks like so they will know the difference when they grow up sure helps. So many different kinds, so many still living in fear. May we become brave like you Billy and share what the difference is! All kinds of abuse still happening is heart wrenching indeed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No they won't, Deb, and I thank you for mentioning that. Abuse is abuse is abuse; makes no difference where it happens.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So true. Nobody deserves to be abused. Ever. What you did was right, and those that deny it will never help the cause.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I think we would be amazed to find out how much abuse actually happens in our neighborhoods. I think it is an epidemic...the siletn epidemic....and the silence needs to be broken. There is no situation where abuse is ever okay....and we all need to speak out about it and raise awareness.

      Thank you my dear. I know you will speak out, as will I. We have been given a gift and that gift must be used for the good of all.

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Hi my dear friend;I don't know how I missed out on this hub and also the first one which I have just read; I did not comment as I wanted to leave the comment for this one.

      Child abuse ??Oh yes I know it so well as I suffered from as far back as I can remember to 12 years old when I reported the monster who was supposed to be my father and he was imprisoned. Disgustingly other members of our chapel going family never forgave me for speaking out and bringing such shame to the family name???!!!My beautiful sister Val took her own life back in 1999 due to this abuse ; even though sadly she had not been abused herself; it was the whole situation she couldn't deal with.

      I don't think I need say no more here!!!

      I can always relate to you Bill but never more than I can here and now after reading both hubs. Oh yes how they shout out loud now because of your words and the shame they bring and not because of what is happening to these vulnerable children. Oh yes sounds so very familiar to me!!

      If I was going to investigate child abuse it would be mainly at what goes on locally ; of course I know it goes on world wide but I cannot cover all that so obviously we begin close to home. It is no wonder I can relate top you Billy my dear friend as we are kindred spirits and on behalf of all who are or have been abused thank you from the bottom of my heart for speaking out before and now again after their replies.

      By the way my sister's best friend in school is today a doctor in the town where we grew up (her father was the doctor when we were growing up) and she has done so much in my sister's memory and also for me on the quiet ; but I am only to well aware of her good doings and am eternally grateful. A couple of months ago the house where I grew up was bulldozed to the ground and also the garage and garden; not a blade of grass left and I am eternally grateful to her and everyone else involved .As I am also to everyone like you Billy who cares enough to stand up and make a noise. Lots of love to you from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I know it is not politically correct to say, but the race card is over-used and needs to be shelved. Problems are problems and it makes no difference the race, and to ignore a problem in the name of race is just wrong. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you vkwok; my only concern is the kids. Stop abuse and I'll shut up. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I think most teachers have seen abuse during their careers; I know I saw my share and felt so damn helpless....well I'm not helpless now and these articles are necessary. Thank you!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Sometimes striking a nerve is the way to focus attention on a situation, especially if you strike enough of them. My hat's off to you for your courage and your concern. I think most people are sick of the race card. I pray you get some good results with this hub, for the children's sake.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      It's reality that even in these modern times, there is child abuse and neglect, some moderate, some extreme. But just as bad is how only certain places are being set apart when their problems don't differ at all with other places, which can lead to prejudice and stereotyping because of one's place of home.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You must be hitting a sore spot with some and it is causing a backlash. I too am tired of people pulling the race card on issues just to bring an emotional tie to a topic. Abuse is abuse, no matter who it is. I saw abuse in families that unless you were on the inside, you wouldn't know it existed. God bless you for taking on this challenge, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, the reaction from the reservation really surprised me and then interested me...they didn't deny it was happening....but rather struck out in anger that a white man would dare say something about the reservation. Sigh!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      “Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” ― Dave Pelzer

      You have taken up the crusade of trying to help abused children and stated very well, neither race, nor creed, nor country matters...child abuse is wrong and a sin on society. God bless for writing as you do and know you have the support of all here.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, thank you so much for sharing your views.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, people like you understand. We have a lot of work to do to reach the others. Thank you my dear.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, I am sorry too, but we do what we must. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish; I happen to agree.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Abuse is abuse wherever it occurs. It needs to be acknowledged, dealt with and stopped, period! Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      BRAVO Bill for taking a stand regarding this vital issue! I loathe the word abuse...it is rampant, everywhere, and there are so many kinds of abuse. I applaud you for bringing this situation to peoples' attention-spread it far and wide! You are doing a wonderful service with your writing on all these sites! So many people say, "Keep your mouth shut" regarding sensitive issues but I say, open your mouth as wide as an alligator and shout . This is one of your many gifts. Voted up and awesome. Blessings Sparklea

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Bill,

      I read your original article with great interest. While I appreciate reading an update, I'm sorry that circumstances were such that you had to write it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Child abuse should never be defended, and there are no excuses.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, right here in the U.S. indeed...name a city and I'll bet you I can find child abuse. It is an epidemic and it needs to be spoken about and stopped. Thank you for caring.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. I fail to see how anything else is relevant in this conversation.

      bless you my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Nell. Interestingly I've met a lot of people of different races who refuse to play that card...even they say it's getting old. :)

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello,Bill.

      … and all this happening in the Minnesota USA?! An evidence of horror, you've exposed, and as story goes you've saved many children's lives as well encouraged other good-will people to do the same. Obviously, a whole world is well organized in harming the most precious Creator's gift to human race- the children - we are called to stand in protecting them. Congratulations, you being a ' voice crying out in the wilderness '. . . We have to participate with in as a voice together. So help us God.

      Voted up & awesome.

      Have a blessed night.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am just shaking my head on this one, as I know you are/were after reading some of the responses ... the bottom line, children are being abused, enough said ... whether purple, polka dotted, whatever, again, a child is being abused people!

      Bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Well said Bill. I think the race card is getting so old and stale now don't you? yes we get it over here too, if something goes wrong or somebody does something out comes the race card. I don't know how you found out about it at leech Lake but good for you for sticking up for the rights of abused children, its such a shame that more people don't do it, nice one, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Grand old lady, I agree with you completely. There are no excuses that make child abuse alright...no matter where it may occur. Thank you.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      The excuses they give (like, it happens in other places too) are the same excuses you will find in the Philippines in other circumstances. Like, we have this corruption scam going now and three senators are pointed out. Their excuse is, "Why just pick on us, everybody is doing it." It's ridiculous. Point is, where there is evidence, whether it has to do with Olympia Leech Lake or Philippine corruption in the senate, reasons like these will come out, essentially admitting that what is being reported is true and lacking inner shame.

      Being hated for telling unpleasant truths goes with the territory. You need passion and a thick skin.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheila! During my rational moments I can understand the denial and anger over articles like mine...it is human nature to block out the ugliness if possible. But child abuse will not go away, and I refuse to be the one who blocks it out.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      No one ever wants to be seen as the bad guy and by you pointing out one specific area which is having a problem, you make those people look bad and they don't like it. Well ... actually they make themselves look bad by seeming to want to ignore the problem and focus the attention somewhere else. You just keep writing the truth so people are aware of the problem of child in that area and maybe more people who live nearby will begin taking steps to fix the problem.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will Ruby; I promise. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dragonflycolor, thank you for hinting at your own experiences regarding abuse, and thank you for your compassion. This subject will not go away no matter how horrific it is, and it is my job as a writer to make sure that it doesn't.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Levertis, I do not enjoy writing these articles at all, but if I don't who will? You and a few others are willing to carry the banner, but society has a habit of forgetting if they are not reminded often....and so here I am again, writing about something that angers and sickens me...because someone has to do that.

      Thank you for caring so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Levertis; I suspect it happens more often in cases of lack of education, isolation and poverty, but it really does happen everywhere.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, thank you and I happily accept your brotherhood and friendship. We must raise awareness and I don't care whose toes get stepped on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, it seems not indeed. Yes there are many factors regarding child abuse, but the bottom line is it cannot be condoned and it certainly should never be ignored. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I remember when you wrote the story and i commend you for doing so. Wherever child abuse occurs, it must be reported and stopped. Race is not a given factor in abuse and it's not just among the poor, wealthy children suffer too. Write on Bill.....

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      This speaks very close to my heart. I knew from the first time it happened to me I would never do it to my kids if I ever had any. How can someone be so impossibly filled with so much hate to take it out on someone so innocent and helpless? It proves nothing of your abilities when you abuse, only that you are as useless as hate is in this world. I speak out against child abuse and all its forms!

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      There is so much child abuse in our world that it is expedient that we scream to the top of the Universe for help. Poor little children of all races, ages, sizes, and cognitive levels are suffering this horrible crime. Teenage girls and boys are wrestling with the problem of wondering what to do about their own abuse that has not yet stopped. How does a 13-year old girl tell someone that her relative or neighbor has been abusing her for as long as she can remember? She is now at a point in her life where she is learning that the behavior is abnormal and criminal. She fears for her life because she is threatened. She has been brainwashed and led to believe that it is normal. She knows better now and wants to get out of the situation. She is afraid and does not know how to make the steps.

      We worry more about race and people pride than helpless, abused children. I believe—at least, I hope—we all know that too much child abuse is present in all races and people. One abused child is one too many.

      We cannot single handedly solve the problem of world child abuse, but each one of us with an ounce of decency can report any child abuse, or suspected child abuse, anywhere, especially near us. Authorities are not supposed to give the names of people who report. If each caring individual would help one child to have a life free of abuse, that would make a world of difference.

      I know what it feels like to believe that my race is targeted unfairly as if no one else is guilty of the problem at hand, but this child abuse issue is way out of hand. It is time to be proactive and forget the whining of adult people who let pride stand in the way of saving these babies.

      As I keep my eyes open for signs of child abuse, I cannot fly all the way to Leech Lake to solve their problems because we have the same here. However, I can help "sweep around" my own neighborhood." I went on the Internet to The department of corrections in my state and looked up convicted sex offenders near me. Guess what? There are 7, mostly pedophiles, in my community! S-E-V-E-N! That was shocking. I like my community, and I am happy here. I am not running; I am fighting for improvement and safety for our children. Readers, undoubtedly, know that all children in Leech Lake are not abused, and we know that all adults in the same are not abusive. My sincere, heartfelt thoughts are for the Leech Lake citizens who are already fighting to help save abused children. Hopefully, their actions will encourage others to join the cause.

      I am heavy at heart, Bill, but please “Write on!” The abuse stories are not told enough. You are helping to create more awareness, thereby providing a great service to communities everywhere.

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      DJ,

      You wrote, "Poverty, lack of education and isolation make up the back bone of abuse."

      I think you are right, but I believes that abusive behaviors are very common among the rich, educated, and very sociable people as well. When we hear about a teacher's inappropriate behavior with a young student, we are no long shocked by it. We are beginning to realize that abuse is everywhere. How about that principal who impregnated a 12-year old student!

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Wow, I just read this billy. I commend you for writing an article such as the one at Leech Lake.

      The race card is being used much too much. I am also tired of it. When a person is stepping out against an ill in society, for anyone to claim he/she is doing it because of race is preposterous.

      As you know, I have stepped out on child crimes too. I have been attacked in many ways over it, but I know that our good Lord has given some of us these missions.

      I am happy to call you brother and friend billy. Keep on keeping on.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Child abuse is wrong indeed. There are many factors that can play but that doesn't give an excuse to anyone to continue the abuse. You would think that if we can send people to live in space for so long we would find a solution for people on the Earth to live with dignity and respect..... but it's seems not!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you said it as well as I could ever hope to say it. Name calling does not solve social ills...only awareness, willingness and action can do those things. I've been hated before and I'll be hated again....bring it on if they want!

      Thank you my firebrand friend.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Preach on, Bill. You can count on me to be in your "Amen Corner".

      Poverty, lack of education and isolation make up the back bone of abuse.

      It sickens me when I hear the race card used in excuse of any injustice.

      As long as there are bigots, there will be race cards played like an ace of spades in a high stakes poker game.

      You can be assured of a few things in life. If you take a position of any kind, for or against anything, there will be those who will be ready to take a stand against you and your words.

      If you never take a stand for anything, you can be sure your gain will

      reflect your efforts.

      Standing beside you,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, thank you so much for your comment. We must all raise our voices against abuse of any kind.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheri and I agree completely. I am tired of separating people according to differences. Child abuse bridges those gaps and gives us a common cause that we can all agree on. It must end.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Bill, you have touched upon a sensitive subject and a worldwide phenomenon. Till this inhuman practice persists in whatever streak of humanity, it is to be shouted against with full-throated voice. Hats off to you for raising your voice against child abuse.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Bill good for you for having the nerve to say what you feel needs to be said. I think sometimes, in this society, we are so careful to be politically correct we tip toe around these issues. White, black, brown or purple, child abuse happens. I think rather than condemn we need to find away to support and teach parents as their fear, frustration and, often, lack of resources can all contribute to situations like this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark! You are appreciated my friend.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bravo Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I like that...stick a pin in the eye one face at a time. True words my friend and I, too, have my suspicious about people who would be offended by this article. Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! This subject is important to me, and I would hope important to all compassionate people. I appreciate you stopping by and reading my rant. Have a wonderful day my friend.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I wonder how many of the people that left retaliatory responses are actually abusers themselves. For anyone to chastise you for bringing awareness to this larger than life problem makes me suspicious of how they live their lives and treat their own children. Yes, child abuse is a worldwide epidemic, but just as travel articles are written about one location at a time, an effective method for having the extent of child abuse be brought forward, is to stick a pin in the eye one face at a time.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Well spoken, bill. Child abuse is an awful thing and if even only one child is saved and protected through your speaking out, then it's worth it. If people are afraid of saying anything, nothing will ever be done.

      Well done and let's hope all of us would cry out if we knew of similar things happening in our community and surroundings. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Poolman and yes, it is a complex issue....and yet such a simple truth...children deserve to be safe. :) Thanks buddy and have a great Tuesday!

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, Just think how different the world would be if all people were exactly the same shade of purple.

      Would it then be separated by short vs tall, fat vs skinny, male vs female?

      Child abuse is a complex subject that knows no racial boundaries. Child Protective Services has been taken over by the PC police, and often ignore abuse rather than having to justify their actions.

      Sadly, child abuse will never stop and comes in many forms. Cultural differences come into play in many cases. A complex subject you addressed very well in your hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, bless you for sharing your story. I will be following you from now on. I am a product of the foster care system. I was not abused but I know for a fact thousands....millions....of children are every year and I refuse to be quiet about it. They can call me a racist if they want but they can't cover up a story this important. No worries my new friend, I will continue to ruffle feathers.

      bill

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      awordlover 3 years ago

      billybuc, I want to agree with you that child abuse in any form is not all right. I read your previous hub and some of the comments got very heated. I know first hand about child abuse, living in foster homes, and the many times my sister and I prayed for someone to help us after our parents beat us. You and I haven't met on HP. I just started following you this week. I am moderating Anne DiGeorge's websites, publishing and updating her work. I met Anne DiGeorge in a foster home when we were about 10 and we became life long friends. We were both removed from our parents' homes multiple times over 16 years and only because the neighbors reported it. We lived in a big city, not an Indian reservation. Beating your children was acceptable parenting in the 1950s and 1960s and it is about time that people understand the difference between abuse and parenting. We were not experiencing parenting. We were abused. And so are many other children who have no "neighbors" to speak for them or help them get out of their homes to safe homes. Foster homes get a bad rap, but I can't say I ever ended up in a bad one. Due to 1960s laws, we were always returned to our parents. We never wanted to leave our foster homes, they were preferable to our real homes. Not all foster kids end up bad like many people say. I went on to nursing school, married and had children. Besides her profession, Anne and her husband were foster parents for over 20 years because she felt passionate about "saving" children who had gone through some of what we went through as kids. She's gone now, but there are many lives she impacted. Child abuse is still a very big problem in US, just read the paper or listen to the news. billybuc, If your article ruffled some feathers, then maybe they needed to be ruffled.

      The people who commented from the reservation were intent on making their point whether that was to cast the reservation in a favorable site, I don't know. But I do know that when humans are passionate about something they get noisy about it. But also when humans have some point they want to convey about the topic - true or false statements - they get noisy. The comments protesting about the child abuse on the reservation seemed like protesting too much. Yes, this is a reservation, and they have their own laws. I don't know if civilians can go investigate, but things can't be hidden forever. Somebody always talks. My parents went to jail for hurting me and my sister, got out and did it again. They are dead now. I pray there is justice for the children who are being hurt at this reservation. My sister and I watched the results of people who intervened on our behalf to get us help to be removed from a bad home. We couldn't see them in action. I can picture small Indian children praying from afar, envisioning some strangers helping them get out of their bad situation. From what you wrote, that seemed like it might be their only hope. Keep writing about it so the children don't lose hope that someone will come along and help them, because someone will. It only takes one insider to talk about it to confirm it and that will bring in the outsiders to do something about it.

      Rachael O'Halloran

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you and me together, that's who? Every little bit helps, buddy! Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      OK I will try to find my application and resubmit to "Voices for Children" here in San Diego. Being an advocate for children is brutally hard and I gave it up when we had our little boy. But I guess that is a lame excuse now that he is in preschool. If not me, who?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Either in denial or part of the problem....which I cannot tell.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Jackie, and it angers me and I'm tired of it. Children are being abused...end of story. :)

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, cannot believe this, but then again just sounds like they are in complete denial. Thank you for sharing the original story here and for the update. I cannot say enough how proud I am of you for always telling it like it is no matter what. Thanks Bill!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Bravo, Bill.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Since whites are now the minority maybe it is time we used the race card. I agree with you completely, when we see these things we see these things, not colors or races. We see a child that people around it are allowing to be abused! I think it sure is some bad stuff for anyone to try to use any excuse to look over child abuse and say pick on someone else. They are lowering themselves even more whether they realize it or not. ^+