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Reflect Now: At Age 15 I Worked With Abused & Neglected Children

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Stephen McDow, age 15, working at camp for abused and neglected children.

Stephen McDow, age 15, working at camp for abused and neglected children.

In the summer of 1992, at age 15, I was hired by the department of child and family services (Washington, DC) to work as a camp counselor. The camp allowed abused and neglected children from Washington, DC an opportunity to get out of “dodge” and visit the Prince William County Forrest for a little fun and relaxation. These children came from broken homes and had trauma resulting from physical, mental and sexual abuse, as well as chronic neglect. I remember some of the stories my campers told me during their stay. The horror was real…and I could relate to some of their stories on a personal level. If you have a camp for abused children in your area I encourage you to go and work…the experience is worth having. I wrote an article that was published in the Ellington Express, the school paper at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I took many pictures during that experience. Please take a moment to view a few pictures below.

 

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