What I wonder now, why did nobody step in and get the police or youthcare or something involved back then? It must have been so obvious. Why only now, that I'm 17?
That's just wrong.
It sure is wrong, bro. This is another reason, I think, why we should be pleased when a survivor tells his story in print. Society at large doesn't want to know about such things; they show how rotten things really are and they challenge people to stop being so complacent. And of course people like being complacent - they need to maintain the fantasy of the cool safe world they think they live in. When these stories are told - over and over again - the cruelty becomes more difficult to ignore.
I don't know about the Netherlands, Stefan, but in the USA, the UK and Germany, doctors of all kinds are mandatory reporters; they must
report signs of physical or sexual abuse when they find them. But that's the law and reality is something else. My understanding is that there are still massive numbers of cases that go unreported in the USA.
I have heard different reasons for this, but I try to put myself in the position of a doctor who's examining a beaten kid and recognizes that all this is from abuse. How the hell can he live with himself after he sends this kid home for more of the same?