This is about the very first child abuse case.
The true story of the woman who went to the ASPCA to find help for an abused,neglected child because there were as yet no laws to protect children in the 1870's. The book tells the little girl's story very carefully and is well-researched. Includes photos.
A heart wrenching read. Astounding how the human race can stick their heads in the sand, hoping that something like child abuse will just go away is happening still--150+ years after this true story occurred. But then how the love and tenacity of one elderly lady can bring it all to the surface.
very sad story, but glad it had a good ending...
Mary Ellen Wilson was abused by her foster mother for more than 7 years.
Etta Wheeler, a social worker, is determained to help Mary Ellen dispite the police, church, and court's lack of help.
Henry Bergh of the American Society for the Prevention of Crulity to Animals (ASPCA) is called on by Etta Wheeler to save a little girl's life.
This book is about these three people's stories and how their lives came together.
Having Mary Ellen's story broken up by Etta and Henry's stories keeps the story from becoming page after page of detailed abuse scenes. your mind is focused more on the development of the three characters lives than the child's actual abuse.