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Florida abuse shelter scandal as described by Carey Roberts. “One might expect such an encounter to occur in the former Soviet Union or maybe a Latin America banana republic. But in the sunshine-addled state of Florida?….”
2009 01 07
Florida Abuse Shelter Scandal
from MND: Your Daily Dose of Counter-Theory by Carey Roberts
“It was really terrible what I went through.” These were the first words that Yvonne Scott blurted out, even though the incident happened more than five years ago.
One morning a social worker and policeman showed up on the woman’s doorstep. “Either you come with us to the abuse shelter or we take away your children,” was their grim-faced ultimatum. Scott had been previously involved in an abusive relationship, but there was no current threat to Ms. Scott or any of her three children.
One might expect such an encounter to occur in the former Soviet Union or maybe a Latin America banana republic. But in the sunshine-addled state of Florida?….(Full Story)
Nevertheless, Carey Roberts continues in that article to describe a Kafkaesque nightmare that vies for status with some of the worst stories reported from the former USSR or from Latin America banana republics. He closed with the observation: “Gov. Crist needs to know that domestic violence shelters are turning into abuse penitentiaries.”
It makes one wonder whether Gov. Crist truly knew nothing about what was going on and being fomented by the staff under his leadership. Do any leaders in similar circumstances know?