As you know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Again, I change the color of my blog to purple in support of this cause, which very special to me.
Today I want to tell you story 'bout a special cat named Oreo. Oreo belong to 9-year-old Beth* who was being sexually abused by her stepfather. No one knew...except Beth and her cat.
Oreo would bravely lie outside ehr door and night and hiss whenever her attacker appeared. In tryng to protect her, the loyal black and white cat also become victim of violence as he brutally kicked out of the way.
Beth finally have her day in court, but there problem. Oreo could not testify for his owner. Or could he?
Prosecuting attorney Allie Phillips have an idea. She take Oreo to be examined by a veternarian. The results were chilling. Sure enough, poor Oreo had sustained injuries constistant with being physically abused.
When the prosecutor submitted the veterinarian’s report to the jury as evidence showing a pattern of violence in the home, Beth’s allegations gained credibility. In a way, Oreo was able to testify, convincing the jury that the traumatized little girl had been telling the truth.
Beth’s stepfather was convicted and received a long prison sentence. Meanwhile, Beth and Oreo were finally able to experience what every child and animal deserves: a safe home.
There is a often a link between violence to humans in homes and violence to their animals as well. American Humane Society have a new program called "The Link" which help to give animals like Oreo a voice in unmasking and preventing abuse. You can read more bout this program HERE.
It is good that Beth's story have a happy ending. I would be much better if other stories reach a happy ending too.
Help break the silence. You can find out more bout Domestic Violence at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and find out what you can do to help!
(*This is a true story. However, the child’s name has been changed to protect her privacy.)