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Old 02-12-2019, 04:55 PM   #11
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It's an awful thing to witness and very hard to know how to respond to it. I work in a position of mandatory reporting and it's still hard to do. But it must be done. The best way I think is indirect reporting... as in report it to the appropriate authorities (police, child protection) with evidence if possible. I wouldn't report it to the security officers at a local mall as they would have extremely limited training in addressing child abuse (if they have any at all) and could make matters worse for the child by intervening.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:31 AM   #12
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I really can’t see it being a drill with an adult guy slapping a young child in the face- unless the child is a man in disguise.
the children involved are not actually getting hit lol they have training that teaches the children and adults to play hit, you know like how they do on tv when they are showing abuse situations. the actors are not really hitting the children they make the motions but at the point of impact it is barely hitting. in situations where they have to show the childs skin turning red the "abusers" hand has been coated with a special make up food coloring combo.

the children involved with the drills understand its not for real and they are play acting. sometimes like with any play acting accidental slaps may happen but the children involved understand the other actor is not purposely trying to harm them.

my own niece participates in the local mall drills around the city, the first time she was a "shop lifter" the second time she was a "victim in a restroom" and the third time she was a "child being abused in the food court" if I hadnt know they were drills I would have called the cops, it was that real to me.

my niece gets paid for her participation and gets hired to do this through her acting / modeling agent. my niece has been part of the modeling/ acting world since she was about 4- 5 her first part was modeling clothing for macy's catalog and her ultimate career in her words is to "be on Broadway" not sure if she will continue to stay in child acting and modeling through out her whole life but she is enjoying getting called to play parts in the mall and other small parts in between her schooling.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:02 AM   #13
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Right, so since this was an actual child getting actually abused then it is safe to assume it was not a "drill".
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If I was to see something like this....our system tends to freeze in dissociated confusion with everyone freaking out what to do or who to do it. Usually by the time we make a decision and refocus....the moment has passed. We then go into woulda shoulda coulda and get mad ourselves and this condition that has made us so weak.

Sometimes we spring into action: who ever jumps out and actually reacts- then **** hits the fan leading to shock, self-doubt, embarrassment, and at times: legal bills.
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