Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

August 1st, 2011

8-1-11I found the sculpture, in the picture used today, in front of the Communications Center by the Courthouse in Kansas City. It sums up one of the biggest hurdles advocates have to face when dealing with victims; communication. One of the most difficult actions a Domestic Violence victim MUST choose to do, is speak of the evil that happens. It is the most important part of the process.
Police Captain Mark Folsom, Commander of the Special Victim’s Unit in Kansas City, MO put in place a program rarely used before it became mainstream. Officers use an eleven question approach. If victims answer yes to certain questions, a red flag goes up and advocacy is called to meet with the victim to encourage dialogue. There was a big drop in every category of offenses, in its first year of existence.
It is crazy hot in Kansas City today, the temperature reached a sizzling 104 degrees. I was on my bike by 6:30 AM and pretty much wilted by day’s end. As luck would have it, on one of my trips back to The Kindness Bus a young woman with her husband and daughter were near the bus wanting photos of The Kindness Bicycle. Unbelievably, she used to work at Hope House in Kansas City with NNEDV President, Sue Else several years ago. She is now a school counselor and I could see her eyes brighten when I handed her a Kindness Certificate to remind her to print one for each of her students this and every school year to come.

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