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A Child Called It is the story of a young boy who in order to survive must triumph over the physical emotional and medical abuse created by his mother The misuses of alcohol play an important role in the neglect and abuse that Daves mother inflicted on him Alcohol also had an impact on Daves fathers ability to intervene on Daves behalf Dave considered the abuse he endured by his mother games and always tried to be one small step ahead of her The outside world does nothing to help out a small child suffering from various forms of abuse The few people who took notice were Davids teachers and the school nurse Yet it took them a considerable amount of time to finally build up suspicion and finally report Daves problems to the proper authorities I find the unreported instances observed by the public to be just as substantial a crime as what the child abusers themselves did One of the things I enjoyed and always found myself grinning about was the spunk that Dave had He was crafty enough to stall his mothers efforts of physical and emotional cruelty just long enough for his dad to arrive Then he knew he would not receive the most severe option of the abuse When his mother attempted to make him eat his brothers stool he held his head away just long enough to get it taken away at the last second as his father drove up from work The games that his mother would make him play would turn deadly He had to thank God that fortunately she was a former nurse For example she told him that she was going to kill him and played with a knife as if she was going to The knife slipped out of her hands and struck him around the chest area He bled profusely and she bandaged him up and nurtured him for a little while after
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