Many people are still angry over the Casey Anthony case. News commentators are still sounding very upset while doing on air interviews. Polls, around the country, are still reporting a high rate of people stating that they thought that justice was not done when Casey Anthony was acquitted of killing her daughter. Although I understand the euphoria that is surrounding this case, it is nonsensical to continue being upset over a case that has already been decided by a jury. The prosecution did not give enough proof to the jury and they lost their case. Was Casey Anthony guilty? Only God knows the answer to that question. The bottom line is that she was acquitted and the country needs to move on. People need to find positive ways of proving that they really care about the children in their communities.
First, those who are outraged about the verdict need to find a charitable organization that protects children and get to work. If there is no such agency in their area, then they need to start their own agency to protect children who are being abused. Furthermore, people can continue to sit around and complain or they can take action. After all the rhetoric has been spewed, by those who are concerned, action needs to be taken because ultimately action does speak louder than words. People cannot change what has happened already, but they can make a difference in some child’s future.
Second, tell your neighbors and your friends to stop talking and start praying. Tell them to stop questioning what has happened and find a child in their neighborhood to assist. They can join the guardian ad litem program and many other programs to help a child in need. There are many children dying everyday. For instance, a little 8 year old Jewish boy up in New York was just murdered by a deranged Jewish man. Why was this little boy murdered? Did no one notice when he was lured by the ‘would be’ murderer into his car? No, no one noticed. However, it is time that we start noticing again. It really does take an entire village to raise a child.
Finally, at the end of the day and after the Casey Anthony case, people have become much wiser about the world around them and have learned to appreciate their own children even more. Change does not come easy, but hopefully many can, once again, start caring about every child in the community and help those who really cannot help themselves. What does it take to show that people really mean to make a difference in their community? It takes action. People need to volunteer at local domestic violence shelters and also pay careful attention to the children that live in the neighborhoods. When schools re-open, many need to pay attention when the school bus drops the children off and make sure that all of them get home safely. People can be more observant if they try.
In conclusion, all are accountable for the neighborhood and to the children who reside there. Yes, Casey Anthony was acquitted, but what are those, who are complaining trying to do to make changes in their own communities? Many people have an opinion on this case and most are not happy with the verdict, but most also realize that the jury members did what they could do based upon the information that was given to them. What can the country and its communities do in response to this? The country, as a whole, needs to move on. There also needs to be a focus on charitable organizations that help children as well as a focus on the children that live in the various respective neighborhoods. What can individuals do to help? People can be the eyes and ears in their neighborhoods. They can start neighborhood watch clubs in every neighborhood that does not already have one. They can help those who need help such as single mothers. Finally, they can remember to never ever underestimate the ability that people have to make a difference in their communities. Every neighborhood has a little Caley although called by a different name. Don’t let a child in your neighborhood suffer the same fate. Hereafter, it is imperative that people recognize that , although little Caley (and others like her) will never be forgotten, it is time to stop focusing on the past and start investing in some child’s future! According to Alan Abramowitz (Florida ad litem’s Executive Director, 2004), “We can all work together to pave a positive path to a child’s future of hope and emotional security. Making a positive difference in the life of a child is one definition of legacy.”
May the peace and comfort of God be with every family throughout the U.S. and through out the world.
Helpful Phone numbers:
1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) –U.S. National Coalition against Domestic Violence
U.S. Child Abuse Hotline
U.S. Adolescent Crisis Intervention & Counseling Nineline
U.S. Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline
National centers for missing & exploited Children
011-800-0843-5678 or 0062-800-0843-5678
http://www.ncadv.org/ -National Coalition against Domestic Violence
http://www.childhelp.org/ – Child help prevention and treatment of Child Abuse
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/ServiceServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=186 -missing &exploited children
http://www.essortment.com/hotline-numbers-60913.html -list of more hotlines
http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm -CASA ‘” court appointed special advocates for children
http://www.gal.fl.gov/ -Florida Guardian ad litem program
You can also contact your local chapters of the various organizations.