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  1. elise says:

    Edward, thanks for your comments on my Nebraska post. The site was created just a few short weeks ago as an exercise and celebration of my experiences in New York City, initially shared only with my closest family and friends. That the Nebraska post briefly had a larger audience was entirely by chance (though I was certainly thrilled that people outside my circle enjoyed it).

    Your comments were heartbreaking and certainly deserve to be heard. But I think there are venues much better suited for that critical dialog. I wasn’t sure how else to get a hold of you but did want to be sure you knew you were not being ignored.

    • edmashek says:

      I appreciate the thought of not being ignored, and thank you for taking the time to respond. I figured that my response was not in line with your anticipated reaction to the post, and I was not really directing my response at you. Rather, I knew that many people from nebraska were reading it, and I was hoping they would read my thoughts on their state as well, and perhaps influence a few minds to perhaps open up a bit and be aware of what’s really going on around them. As to your comment about better venues, I agree that there are better ones in existence, but they are hardly available, and that is the sad, honest truth. I have been trying, on almost a daily basis, for about 3 years to get a media outlet, any media outlet, to print something about my story. I have absolute proof of a cover-up, documents that detail fraud on behalf of state officials and lawyers, and perhaps most damning, when interviewed by police, the teachers and foster parents responsible for much of the abuse I suffered didn’t deny doing it. Thing is, when they took that information to the county attorney, he ordered them to stop investigating, and refused to bring any charges against them. It probably has something to do with the fact that he went to church with those people for 30+ years, but no one cares enough to investigate. My point is this: If we really want to stop child abuse as a society, the discussion and awareness of it needs to be drug out of the darkness and discussed in EVERY venue. The comfort of adults should never trump the safety of children. I truly do understand your aversion to having this discussed on your blog, but that aversion, spread throughout our society, is exactly why child abuse is so rampant in this country. That is why, to the dismay of many and at the expense of many relationships, I will bring it up, discuss it, and do what I can to bring it out of the shadows every chance I get. I can only hope that others will do the same.

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