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CAS Victims Walk

May 9, 2006 permalink

Former foster children are drawing attention to sexual abuse in care.



Walk identifies abuse in foster care

A major effort is being launched to draw attention to the problem of sexual abuse in our foster care system.

Tuesday afternoon, a group of survivors of foster care gathered to hear details of the First Annual Survivors Walk, planned for May 19. A group that is walking from Winnipeg will be in the city to join local victims, who will then march on the offices of area Members of Parliament.

Diane Ogima says she is among the many children who were molested while in foster care. But because of the stigma attached to the crime, she says many victims remain silent. She is encouraging everyone who has been affected to get involved.

Ogima says the Children's Aid Society has to become more accountable and do a better job of screening families that foster children are sent to.

Survivors are starting to fight back for the abuse they've suffered while in the care of child and family services and in foster homes. Ogima feels the CAS should do more home visits and better screening of the families that they send children to to keep them safe.

Thunder Bay's Source