The following is an excerpt from my Ministry File, no words have been changed or altered.
April 19, 1988
Dear Mr. :
Thank you for referring nine year old Carrie Bush. The child is seen in the office for a period of just over three hours. She was brought to the office by her social worker, Karen Zilkie.
Carrie is a very pretty, blonde haired child. She seemed quite comfortable in the office. In interview , she was direct and forthright in responding to my questions. She co-operated fully when taking the psychological exam.
This child is tense and nervous. She has a low frustration level. Like may disturbed children, she reports that she often feels angry but she does not know why. She experiences stomach aches and headaches. I asked her when she gets these symptoms and she responded, “When I run too much or eat too much my dad punches me”.
Carrie reports before she was apprehended, she lived in a house with her twelve year old brother, Jason. She states that a girl named Jude lives in the basement of the house.
According to Carrie, her older sister, Teresa, was taken away and adopted because she was beaten by her parents. Carrie stated that her parents used to lock Teresa in a cupboard. She said, “I used to let her out”. Carrie reports that she has been in foster homes three times before her parents beat her. She states that her parents also beat her brother, but that her brother does not want to leave home so he “will not tell” . She states that her parents have told her that she should not tell either.
Although Carrie reports that both parents beat her, it seems that Mr. Bush is the most frequent offender. Carrie says that he is “real mean”. She states that he beats the dogs too.
This child has been in an environment where there is a great deal of marijuana smoking and alcohol drinking. She says “we would have a lot of money if my dad didn’t smoke drugs”. She reports that friends come over to the house and her dad buys drugs from them. She names Jude downstairs and a certain Luke and Susie who bring the drugs. She calls the drugs “pot”. She reports that one day she got beat because she did not look for “roaches”. I asked her to draw a “roach” for me and she drew what looked to be a cigarette butt.
There does not appear to be much money or food in the home of this child. She reports that they hardly ever eat anything but sandwiches or Kraft dinner. At her foster home she says she gets sandwich meat and lettuce and other things.
When I asked the child where her parents got their money she said, “that’s a funny thing, they phone someone and say “that need money because they have three children, two , four, six , and they have no food to eat”. The child states that she does not understand this.
In my opinion, this child has also been sexually abused in her parent’s home. Using the anatomically correct puppet dolls, she demonstrated how her parents have sex on the carpet in their living room. She says, “they are drunk and out of their minds”. When I asked her if her dad hurt her mom she said “no, they like it”. She said that she and her brother watch. She reports that her brother says “wow look at that”. Then when her parents are out of the house, he forces her to have sex with him. He takes her clothes off and holds her down and inserts his penis in her vagina. She says it hurts. When I asked her if she got wet when this was happening she said “sometimes”. When I asked her where she got wet, she said, “where he puts it”. She does not know the correct names for the genitalia.
When asked if anyone has ever done to her what her brother does, Carrie responded that a man names Claude who was baby-sitting her did it. She demonstrated how she was lying in her nightie watching TV when he came and rubbed her on the perineal area. According to her he also penetrated her vagina digitally.
A technique I use to determine the person to whom a child is most closely bonded is to ask them to draw me a picture of their most favorite adult. This child was not sure whom to draw but eventually she drew a picture of her current foster mother, Heidi. This indicates that she is not strongly bonded to anyone for she has not know Heidi for long. There is some emotional bonding to her parents however. When I mentioned that she had recently had a birthday she said that it was a terrible birthday because she was not with her family. She said, “I’m going miserable without them”. However, she does not wish to return to a home where she is beaten.
WECHSLER INTELLIGENCE SCALE FOR CHILDREN REVISED (WISC-R)
The WICR(R) test results indicate that Carrie of average intelligence. Her full scale I.Q. score is 96. Her I.Q. on the verbal part of the WISC(R) is 95 and on the Performance part is 100.
There is no significant difference between the Verbal and Performance I.Q. but there is significantly low score on the Information subtest of the Verbal part. This suggests that the child is not learning in school. She told me that she is kept home from school “when I get child abuse”. When I ask why, she replies, “because I have bruises”.
SEXUAL ABUSE INVENTORY (SAS)
The Sexual Abuse Inventory is an 81 item true/false questionnaire which has been designed for children ages seven to seventeen. the questionnaire was designed to elicit information about the child’s feelings of tension, self worth, family support, moral development and sexual involvement.
Responses indicate that this child is experiencing emotional tension and anxiety. She reports depression and worry. She feels that she needs more love and attention than she gets. She does not believe things will turn out well for her.
The child reports no support in her home. She did not trust her father. She answers “true” to the question, “I wish I had a different father”. She indicates that she would rather have been raised in a different family.
Her responses to items about specific sexual acts indicates that she has been involved in sexual acts which include fondling of the breast and perineal area and penetration of the vagina.
As a result of this child’s moral development, she feels guilty about the abuse. She feels that children should not have sex until they are at least sixteen years old. She does not enjoy talking about sex. She feels that she has been used by others.
Carrie Bush is a disturbed youngster. She is anxious and depressed. Feelings of anger sometimes overwhelm her. She does not understand the reason why she feels this way. She is not strongly bonded to anyone. She looks for affection and attention where ever she can find it.
It is my opinion that this child needs protection from the physical and sexual abuse which I believe she has experienced in the home of her parents. At the present time and for the next few years of her life, her emotional problems will require special attention.
Please call if you have questions.
Monica D. Angus, Ph.D