We will be skipping Wednesday Wishlist for an interview with Barry Eva, aka StoryHeart.
Child Abuse is a touchy subject. How could we remove the rug that covers it?
I think it is becoming less of a touchy subject with a lot less of the "turn the other way" going on. However there is also the fact that you could be accused or investigated even though you have done nothing. Teachers are taught to look out for signs, and a child falling from a bike could produce injuries that they might report. HOWEVER if you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide it should never matter ..Better safe than sorry.
I also think that TV programs like Special Victims unit really helps.
Have you had any close encounters?
No, I am lucky I come from a very secure family background and to be quite honest, though obviously it does go on in the UK , child and wife abuse etc seems a lot more common in the US.
What would you tell someone stuck in these situations?
Report.. speak to teacher, speak to friends parents, in the end speak to the police if need be BUT report it!
I beleive this is one of the worst crimes. Do you agree?
There are so many, but yes it is a hanus crime
Should penaltys be higher for the abusers?
Higher than what? What esle can you do? chemical castration?
Any other thoughts on the matter?
Education such as Beth Fehlbaum's wonderful book Courage and Patience which states it's suitable for classroom study