From the Author
When I started my diary, I never expected to publish it. It's not a novel and it's not entertaining. It's a "warts and all" story describing:
- Evidence of child abuse.
- The community in which it took place.
- My gradual realization that the problem was far worse than I'd first thought.
- My frustration (and others') as we were unable to help the child, using established laws and state programs supposed to prevent child abuse.
Then, I wrote to and called at least a dozen offices. Only one politician replied. He shared his frustration, trying to fix the system from the inside. He described years of running into barriers and laws that prevented him from even evaluating what's not working.
A few months later, when Kevin's situation became truly dangerous, I continued my diary. That became a sequel, "Momma, Stop! I'll Be Good!" In that book, I described what happened to the family after my first book was published.
Momma, Don't Hit Me! is a true story of child abuse, and it's one that might be going on where you live, next door, or within a few blocks.
I published this to raise awareness, and to encourage more community participation in protecting children from abuse and neglect. I hope you'll read my true story and take a look at what you could do -- within the law -- if you were woken up at 1 A.M. and realized a neighbor was beating his or her child.