Abuse, Neglect and the Mistreatment of those with Autism MUST STOP.
Many of you know of my support and fundraising for autism charities. As someone with experience and a loved one with autism, I am finding myself, once again, saddened by events I see in the media. Michael Garritson and Matthew McDuffie were arrested in September 2012 on multiple felony counts of abusing a dependent adult.
Garritson was acquitted of second-degree murder in a 1979 case involving a 13-month-old boy who died of a skull fracture while being baby sat at Garritson’s home. During a 1985 trial, prosecutors alleged that Garritson threw the child down some stairs. However, his wife testified that she accidentally dropped the baby while her husband was out jogging. In 2002, Garritson was arrested after police found 160 dogs in his home, which he was illegally running as a kennel. The animals were being kept in filthy conditions and some of the dogs had to be euthanized. In 2003, Garritson pleaded guilty to one felony count of animal abuse. And yet he was allowed to retain his nurses licences! How is this justice!?
Garritson and McDuffie had been caring for this poor man for almost two years. It sickens me to imagine just how long this helpless individual was subjected to cruel and twisted abuse at the hands of the people he should have been able to trust. People who were supposed to care and support him. I have been unable to find out the outcome of the trial but at the time of arrest, the sickened and angered judge, stated that both Garritson and McDuffie were to be held on a $1million bond.
This harrowing case is just another reason why I campaign and fundraise for Autism. Funds raised ensure that carers like this, are given the harshest punishments and it also pays the wages of a fully trained, dedicated, supervised and criminal records checked, charity worker to care for children and adults with autism. It pays for homes, hospices and care centres where people can leave their loved ones, safe in knowledge that they are being well cared for and treated with dignity and respect. I cannot stress enough how strongly I feel about this issue. I sobbed after watching this footage. There is an epidemic of abuse against vulnerable adults and children with autism recently and I, for one, WILL NOT BE SILENCED! I WILL NOT SIT BY AND ALLOW IT. I WILL NOT SIMPLY SHRUG AND DO NOTHING. I WILL CONTINUE TO SHOUT, HOLLER AND SCREAM ABOUT IT UNTIL EVERY GOVERNMENT STANDS UP, MAKES A STATEMENT AND PROPERLY ENSURES THE CARE OF THEIR PEOPLE. I WILL CONTINUE TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS AND I WILL NEVER GIVE UP HOPE.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I appreciate your support in this matter.
Read more about this case at : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2206111/Caregivers-beat-severely-autistic-man-unable-talk-hundreds-times.html#ixzz2LcxcgsJp