Monday, June 27, 2005

Beaten Girl Removed From Home

The muslim girl beaten by her brother until her back was broken has been temporarily removed from her parents' home by the courts. She was beaten April 29 after her brother saw her talking to a Catholic boy.

"Engy Abdelmomen, 15, will live with an aunt while she and her parents undergo psychological examinations to determine if she is safe in her family home, Oakland County Family Court Judge Joan Young ruled Thursday," according to the Detroit Free Press.

The judge will decide on August 12th whether she will return to her family home. Meanwhile, her 21-year-old brother has been ordered to have no contact with her. He is scheduled to appear in court on assault charges on July 13.

The Abdelmomens are from Egypt and do not speak English. The parents spoke through and Arabic translator to plead "no contest" in the court proceedings. They are accused of medical neglect for failing to promptly seek medical attention for their seriously injured daughter.

Sending the girl to her aunt temporarily really provides this girl with no safety. And having her testify with the parents standing beside her is no way to elicit truthful, accurate answers. If she did not say what her parents wanted her to say, she could have been beaten again - or worse. This judge clearly lacked an understanding of what is going on here as well as a good dose of plain old common sense.

Honor killings and attempted honor killings are "cultural traditions" (more accurately here, islamic dictates) that are totally unacceptable in this culture. People who wish to live in this country need to respect our laws and our culture. And judges need clear understanding of the dictates of islam if they are to protect children from such abuses.

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Blogger ng93089 said...

You guys,

This whole thing started with a teacher reporting that she thinks I was being abused at home because I broke my back. Its known in my school that I'm Muslim and a lot of people in the school know that its against my religion to date a guy thats not Muslim. Being that my best friend is Catholic, assumptions were made and rumors flew all over the school and later I find out that supposably he's the cause of all this. A couple hours later I get called down to the principle's office and social services is there with the report and I get taken away.

The night of when I broke my back, I was running downstairs to the basement. Obviously not paying attention I missed a couple steps and took the rest of the stairs down to our lovely cement floor. My brother and my mom came downstairs to my crying. Seeing that my back wasn't swollen nor did it have any bruises, they assumed there was nothing wrong and that I would just walk it off the next day. They helped me up and we walked to my brother's room downstairs and thats where I slept with my mom by my side. The next morning I realized I couldn't get up. I told my mom and dad to call the ambulance and they did. The doctor said it was nothing more then a chipped vertrabrae and that the only reason why I'm in so much pain was because I had a lot of muscle and tissue that was torn. End of story. I ended up going back home and and started going to school again but with a walker.

After having one person say the story to another, words changed and soon enough I find out I was being beaten up by my brother and it was because of my best friend who by the way had just turned 17 and that I was going to be taken away from my family and home. I ended up being placed in a shelter where I could honestly call it a jail. It was absolute hell and I don't think it helped that I was injured and had to use a walker. Realizing that I had to take care of myself I started teaching myself how to walk without the walker and sleep the right way. I didn't see a doctor for 7 weeks when I was supposed to see him the day after I was taken away. I had physical therapy appointments scheduled by my parents that I was supposed to go to but I completely neglected by the state. In the shelter, I had no contact to anyone and if I requested to talk to a case worker or anything, I would have to wait DAYS. I met kids in there that had shocking stories. Stories that if you heard you wouldn't even allow your kid to go outside the house.

Later on I get placed in a home that was 40 miles away from where I lived based on the assumption that my parents are physco and that they would be after me. I was offered many homes close to the area by licenced foster parents so I can at least finish my last week of school there but the state refused. Ask yourself, why would they make an assumption only with me that my parents would be after me and that they would be mad? It had to have something to do with the fact that we're a Muslim and Egyptian family.

Then comes June 22nd, the day before court and I get a phonecall from one of my friends telling me that she just saw my house on TV. I turn it on and what do you know? Its everywhere. Channel 7, Fox News, Detroit Free Press, you name it. It was the most heart breaking thing to watch and hear. I promised myself that as soon as I get access to all of this stuff that I would fix it and try to make people understand the real truth. As you can see, I do search the internet for discussions like this so I can have people understand. I'm also trying to get in contact with the Detroit Free Press, Fox, and Channel 7 news.

You guys wanted the facts and there it is for ya but I hope you know that although this might seem like just another article and just another discussion, to me its my life and I have to deal with this stuff on a daily basis. It hurts to see people being close minded about the situation and believe everything they see on TV. I hope I made some kind of difference explaining to you what happened.

By the way, I was offered many times by many people to speak to them one on one but my family did not do anything therefore I am not afraid to speak my mind in front of anyone.

After reading all that you might even think that I'm forced to write all this by the Islamic community or something but I'm not. Thats not how the Islamic religion is at all.

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