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Harmony♥ April 2nd 2011 09:03 PM

Trying to help!
 
Several years ago, my uncle (who lives in Tennessee) married this women after only a couple months of dating. My uncle has two kids (my cousins) with his first wife. His oldest, Steven is nearly 31 years old (at the time in his early to mid twenties), so he didn't need to provide anything to him. However, my cousin Jessica has a disability, called Downs Syndrome. She will have to depend on someone for the rest of her life.

Needless to say, neither one of them have been good parents to Jessica and now they are going through a bitter divorce. My 'aunt' basically uses Jessica as her own personal slave so the fat bitch can lay around in bed all day, and she even allows her to drink alcohol (which is a big thing with me! she already has brain damage, why add to it?), and lets her work in a bar environment as well. My cousin is capable of many things and is very smart, but once someone gives her the loving attention that she needs, she does anything for them (hence the slave thing). With this divorce, my 'aunt' moved out and took my cousin with her, and is fighting for custody over her. Is this even legally possible without her being Jessica's guardian. She was just a step-parent.

In all honesty, nobody in my family likes my 'aunt'. She is good to Jessica in terms where she can provide to her, but using her as a slave doesn't float anyone's boat aroun here. I'm not sure where my uncle stands on this, as I haven't spoken to him in a few months. But, it's bothering me that this bitch could take my cousin away and we might not ever see her again! Anyone have advice on how I can help to ensure that this woman (or the Devil, is what I think of her) doesn't even get close to getting custody of Jessica?

BeautifulDisaster95 April 3rd 2011 05:52 PM

Re: Trying to help!
 
Talk to your parents about it.

Just Peachy. April 3rd 2011 06:48 PM

Re: Trying to help!
 
Hey there,

Normally the courts would decide that. Though, it's highly unlikely that the courts would take her away from her blood relatives. I.E her dad. Provided the dad can provide for her financially, emotionally, etc. But the substance abuse issues may impact the outcome of Jessica's living situation. My mom was a caretaker for my uncle who has a disability, and something that we learned through this is that people with disabilities have the same rights, if not more than "normal" people. So, what your aunt is doing to Jessica is not right, and in some form people might think it's abuse. Though, your aunt might not think that this is slavery/abuse. I would call it to someone's attention. Maybe talk to your aunt about what you witness going on with the way she treats Jessica. If that doesn't work, bring it to the attention of someone else who you think would make a difference.


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