- Posted February 4, 2014 by
Is child sex abuse tolerated in the US?
"Dear Mrs Michelle Obama, My name is Amy. I am six years old. I was born in Miami. The other day, at the Place, I saw on TV you and your daughters going to school together. I started school last year. My mom used to take me to school. This Place I am at now, is not bad, people talk to me. I already know everything here: places to eat, play, sleep at night, people who come and go. I feel alone. I do not know why my aunt from Florida and people who cared for us in Texas do not come to pick me up and take me to Mom. I am not supposed to cry, but when I think about my mommy my nose and my eyes get wet. We lived in a house. I liked to be in my mom's arms. Sometimes I saw her happy, sometimes sad. I had a father too, but we lived with him only when I was a little baby. It was my 4-year-old Birthday when my father called me in and said we will play a game. I was so scared and it hurt a lot. I did not know why he would do it to me and I still do not know... The same day I told my teacher about it and she told my mom. My mom was crying. Calling my aunt on the phone, whispering something and crying. Then we were going to different places and people, some I think were police and doctors. They were asking questions, examining me and I saw my mom turning away for so I wouldn’t see her cry. I felt very sad too and I did not know if I was good or bad. I just wanted my mom not to cry. My mom was getting more and more worried everyday. She was looking very serious, all the time talking to someone on the phone, looking up something on the computer. When she would notice I am watching her all concerned, she would sit me on her lap and kiss my head. Then she would hum my favorite song, rocking me tenderly in her arms. One night she was reading something on her phone, looking desperate. Then we started running, sometimes stopping and meeting new people and then again running. And once we stopped and had a new home, different than before. I liked this one much better. We had new friends and people who cared for us. I started school! I did not like that I had to be away from my mom in classes for a long time, but she was so proud of me studying. That day my mom was dropping me off at school, the police came and took away my mom and me. They did not let us stay together. I was crying. When I was smaller I used to bug my mom with question about the police. She would explain that policemen were supposed to arrest bad guys and to protect good ones. But I know we are not bad guys! We just did not want my father to keep hurting us. I think it has been so long since they took my mom away from me. They say I have been in the Place for 2 weeks, but I do not know how many days that is. I do not cry here. People were explaining about why I am here and where is my mom now. I am not sure I can understand. What I think I should be doing is waiting for my mom to come back for me. Maybe she will come still tonight before they put us in bed or maybe tomorrow right after the breakfast or at the playtime. I already know how it will be: I will turn round and see her standing there and smiling, then I will run to give her a big-big hug, that I was saving just for her. I just wanted to ask if you know if my mom is ok, Mrs Michelle?"
I do not know if this is how the little girl Amy would write her letter - family, friends and supporters of the cause already for 2 weeks having difficulty to get in contact with her. Little Amy is now with the authorities of the Government Agency for Children in Texas. I saw the story about Amy and her mom on the news, followed the case through its development on Facebook and indiegogo.com and met and talked to the family of Amy and her mom. Being myself a mother of a 4-year-old girl and as someone who believes we can make a difference in this world through our actions, I wrote this imaginary letter from Amy to Mrs Michelle Obama based on this story I knew. I hope that this amazing role model mother who know what real love for her children means and has a strong voice in the Unites States, can help raise awareness about this case to the appropriate authorities and help Amy’s mother return to her little girl.
Little Amy was sexually abused on her 4th Birthday by her own father (a registered sex offender from Florida). Amys mom Karla, who is a legal US immigrant from Brazil, was seeking justice for her daughter in Florida, but after a year the case gets mysteriously achived. To protect little Amy from the abusive father, Karla rans away to Texas where they find help from kind people and support organisations. Amy starts the school in Brownsville,TX. On January 16, 2014 Texas police arrests Karla while dropping off Amy for school. Now Karla is in prison facing criminal and civil charges for running away to protect her daughter and little Amy is with the authorities of the Government Agency for Children in Texas. The father is still free...
Last week judge Elia Cortez decided that little Amy will stay under the custody of state of Texas for now, which means the father sex-offender can not take her back. However, Karla will continue in prison. Next hearing is on March 26th. It's a long time for Karla to be punished for protecting her child and for Amy never have back these precious 2 months from her childhood. But if that, what it takes for the justice to be finally made - we should make this time really worthy. We do not know how many signatures it will take for Mrs Michelle Obama to make a stand for Amy, but the more signatures we receive the more awareness it creates . Lets turn the game around from the terrible injustice to the great and long-waited justice! Lets give hope to others! Spread the word!