A year ago we helped a girl from being wrongly detained at the Academy of Sisters.
In relationship with this case which was put happily behind the girl we continue to monitor all news-related activities from the Academy of Sisters and the other facilities the owner run.
One of our search robots have received news of an escape attempt from their facility on 62895 Hamby Road near Bend in Oregon involving weapon of some kind and an attempt to hold hostages.
Quick response from the police prevented the escape but the questions of whether the facility and other facilities owned by this owner are equipped to take of the juveniles in their care in a responsible way.
We must strongly doubt that.
When a child is placed in any residential setting in Denmark - foster care or in a residential treatment facility the risk of being victim of sexual abuse increases a lot.
Of course the best choice would be if sexual abuse could be avoided, but even the strictest facility cannot supervise all children 24/7. The economy will suffer. The clients whether it is parents or the public sector will not pay tor full staffing 24/7 seven days per week.
So sexual abuse will happen at some point, in fact surveys made after year 2000 show that it happens twice per month on average in Danish foster families, group homes or residential treatment centers.
Knowing that it is inevitable the next thing is to handle it correctly. Left untreated the molested child could grow up and be a molester later in life. A survey from 2006 did show that most of the residential treatment centers had no knowledge of the strategy and guidelines the government had made to deal with this issue. The result could be that the molested children were not cared properly for. A tragedy not only for the child victimized by the abuse but also possible for the family of the molested child later in life.
Now here in 2011 there are no signs that the situation back in 2006 are changed. However With a new government in charge there is hope that changes are possible.
A number of changes are required:
Let’s hope that the new government in Denmark will be able to do that.
Source (In Danish)
Seksuelle overgreb på børn og unge på døgninstitution - omfang og indsats</a> (Anvendt Kommunal Forskning - 2006)
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