Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Under: child abuse
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messages to his left leg. The muscles in that leg are atrophied. In spite of several surgeries and years of therapy, Kurtis' ankle is fixed in an abnormal position that does not allow it to touch the ground when he walks. His left foot is two and a half shoe sizes smaller than the right foot. The circumference of his left leg is several inches smaller than his right leg. So when Kurtis walks people notice. 

I'm his mother. I know that every step he takes causes him a great deal of pain. He fights through the discomfort on a daily basis. He takes muscle relaxants so he can manage his job as a dishwasher, but still he suffers. On his low income he has to buy two pair of shoes to get one pair that fits, using one shoe from each pair. Sometimes, since one of his feet is still a very small man's size, it is impossible to find properly fitting shoes and he wears shoes that don't accomodate the needs of his deformed left foot. Kurtis also has other physical and emotional disabilities, and develpmental delays as a result of his child abuse.

When Kurtis' abuser faced trial, he was court-martialed. He received a life sentence. He began serving that sentence in the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. About a year later, however, he was released. It was decided since he was only a threat to children who were in his custody, and there were no longer any children in his custody, he should be paroled.  

Child abuse is not over when the beating (or molestation) stops. The ramifications last a lifetime. For thrity-five years I have been observing Kurtis' life from my close-up perspective as his "Mom." The abuser may have served one year of a life sentence - Kurtis is serving the life sentence. 

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Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Under: child abuse
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messages to his left leg. The muscles in that leg are atrophied. In spite of several surgeries and years of therapy, Kurtis' ankle is fixed in an abnormal position that does not allow it to touch the ground when he walks. His left foot is two and a half shoe sizes smaller than the right foot. The circumference of his left leg is several inches smaller than his right leg. So when Kurtis walks people notice. 

I'm his mother. I know that every step he takes causes him a great deal of pain. He fights through the discomfort on a daily basis. He takes muscle relaxants so he can manage his job as a dishwasher, but still he suffers. On his low income he has to buy two pair of shoes to get one pair that fits, using one shoe from each pair. Sometimes, since one of his feet is still a very small man's size, it is impossible to find properly fitting shoes and he wears shoes that don't accomodate the needs of his deformed left foot. Kurtis also has other physical and emotional disabilities, and develpmental delays as a result of his child abuse.

When Kurtis' abuser faced trial, he was court-martialed. He received a life sentence. He began serving that sentence in the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. About a year later, however, he was released. It was decided since he was only a threat to children who were in his custody, and there were no longer any children in his custody, he should be paroled.  

Child abuse is not over when the beating (or molestation) stops. The ramifications last a lifetime. For thrity-five years I have been observing Kurtis' life from my close-up perspective as his "Mom." The abuser may have served one year of a life sentence - Kurtis is serving the life sentence. 

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Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Under: child abuse
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messages to his left leg. The muscles in that leg are atrophied. In spite of several surgeries and years of therapy, Kurtis' ankle is fixed in an abnormal position that does not allow it to touch the ground when he walks. His left foot is two and a half shoe sizes smaller than the right foot. The circumference of his left leg is several inches smaller than his right leg. So when Kurtis walks people notice. 

I'm his mother. I know that every step he takes causes him a great deal of pain. He fights through the discomfort on a daily basis. He takes muscle relaxants so he can manage his job as a dishwasher, but still he suffers. On his low income he has to buy two pair of shoes to get one pair that fits, using one shoe from each pair. Sometimes, since one of his feet is still a very small man's size, it is impossible to find properly fitting shoes and he wears shoes that don't accomodate the needs of his deformed left foot. Kurtis also has other physical and emotional disabilities, and develpmental delays as a result of his child abuse.

When Kurtis' abuser faced trial, he was court-martialed. He received a life sentence. He began serving that sentence in the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. About a year later, however, he was released. It was decided since he was only a threat to children who were in his custody, and there were no longer any children in his custody, he should be paroled.  

Child abuse is not over when the beating (or molestation) stops. The ramifications last a lifetime. For thrity-five years I have been observing Kurtis' life from my close-up perspective as his "Mom." The abuser may have served one year of a life sentence - Kurtis is serving the life sentence. 

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Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Under: child abuse
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messages to his left leg. The muscles in that leg are atrophied. In spite of several surgeries and years of therapy, Kurtis' ankle is fixed in an abnormal position that does not allow it to touch the ground when he walks. His left foot is two and a half shoe sizes smaller than the right foot. The circumference of his left leg is several inches smaller than his right leg. So when Kurtis walks people notice. 

I'm his mother. I know that every step he takes causes him a great deal of pain. He fights through the discomfort on a daily basis. He takes muscle relaxants so he can manage his job as a dishwasher, but still he suffers. On his low income he has to buy two pair of shoes to get one pair that fits, using one shoe from each pair. Sometimes, since one of his feet is still a very small man's size, it is impossible to find properly fitting shoes and he wears shoes that don't accomodate the needs of his deformed left foot. Kurtis also has other physical and emotional disabilities, and develpmental delays as a result of his child abuse.

When Kurtis' abuser faced trial, he was court-martialed. He received a life sentence. He began serving that sentence in the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. About a year later, however, he was released. It was decided since he was only a threat to children who were in his custody, and there were no longer any children in his custody, he should be paroled.  

Child abuse is not over when the beating (or molestation) stops. The ramifications last a lifetime. For thrity-five years I have been observing Kurtis' life from my close-up perspective as his "Mom." The abuser may have served one year of a life sentence - Kurtis is serving the life sentence. 

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Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Under: child abuse
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messages to his left leg. The muscles in that leg are atrophied. In spite of several surgeries and years of therapy, Kurtis' ankle is fixed in an abnormal position that does not allow it to touch the ground when he walks. His left foot is two and a half shoe sizes smaller than the right foot. The circumference of his left leg is several inches smaller than his right leg. So when Kurtis walks people notice. 

I'm his mother. I know that every step he takes causes him a great deal of pain. He fights through the discomfort on a daily basis. He takes muscle relaxants so he can manage his job as a dishwasher, but still he suffers. On his low income he has to buy two pair of shoes to get one pair that fits, using one shoe from each pair. Sometimes, since one of his feet is still a very small man's size, it is impossible to find properly fitting shoes and he wears shoes that don't accomodate the needs of his deformed left foot. Kurtis also has other physical and emotional disabilities, and develpmental delays as a result of his child abuse.

When Kurtis' abuser faced trial, he was court-martialed. He received a life sentence. He began serving that sentence in the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. About a year later, however, he was released. It was decided since he was only a threat to children who were in his custody, and there were no longer any children in his custody, he should be paroled.  

Child abuse is not over when the beating (or molestation) stops. The ramifications last a lifetime. For thrity-five years I have been observing Kurtis' life from my close-up perspective as his "Mom." The abuser may have served one year of a life sentence - Kurtis is serving the life sentence. 

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