This blog is dedicated to Janette Marie Maples, who was tortured to death at the age of 15 after years of parental abuse. Despite concern from people who knew her and repeated phone calls to the authorities, her cries went unanswered.
My hope is her heartbreaking story will inspire you to examine the current system of abuse reporting. It did not protect her.
News links regarding her tragic death are posted on this site for your reference. Updates will be added when available.
Ask your state legislators, Governor and school district to help us correct the problem.
Maybe the end result will be a Janette Maples Law or Policy that ensures no other child will fall through such a very large crack in the system. Maybe Janette's spirit will live on to protect other vulnerable children.
A list of questions to spark the conversation:
Why did the system fail to protect her?
Does DHS need better funding and more staff?
Why was age a consideration in letting her "fend for herself"?
How does an abused, trapped, starving child "fend for herself"?
Do the policies and practices of DHS need to be changed?
Why aren't all calls to DHS recorded and investigated?
An abused child may be afraid to talk about their parents or may think they are a bad child. How can a child with life long abuse know where to turn?
Do officials recognize the child may not be willing to implicate the parent for fear of retribution, no matter what age?
Isn't a black eye and busted lip sufficient evidence to suspect abuse when the child's explanation is "I fell out of bed" or "I ran into the door"?
Does the public school system have any policies re: abuse awareness education for children? If not, why?
Don't we need to break the silence that enables abusers to continue?
Are posters clearly displayed at school stating the signs of abuse so everyone understands what it is?
Does the State of Oregon promote public awareness about child abuse via ad campaigns such as they do with the Lottery?
Why is a parent with a history of abuse allowed to home school and isolate the very child who had been abused?
When a child leaves the public school system does anyone know what happens to them or are they now invisible to us?
Keeping Janette's Memory Alive
Please take a moment to leave a comment about Janette's life or your thoughts on how we can prevent more tragedies.
Your input is crucial in order for us to create a better safety net for children.