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An All Too Familiar Story

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June 10, 2019 | By Tracy Walnoha

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Brittany* froze in terror as her father stomped towards her.  She knew he had been drinking, and she was terrified. She didn’t want him to hurt her – again.

But this time was different. She knew what she needed to do. Although it was just the two of them in the house, Brittany knew that she wasn’t alone.

Quickly, Brittany’s hand moved to the bracelet at her wrist. She was glad that she had practiced. Knowing what would happen next gave her confidence. Within just a moment of pressing the button, she heard a caring caseworker on the other end of the line say: “Help is on the way.”

Relived, Brittany exhaled as she waited for the police to arrive. She knew that they would be there soon, and when they did, she could feel safe again.

Although the scenarios all unfold in different ways, like Brittany, thousands of children in Western Pennsylvania, are victims of household violence -- physical, emotional, sexual, verbal. 

Watchful Shepherd USA, has one job: an instant alert system for children in peril. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, a National Response system answers a call for help within seconds, and alerts local police with one touch of a button giving children protection.

Safety, stability, and a happy home – it’s what every child deserves.


*Name changed to protect client confidentiality