Toledo has a mid-sized suspension bridge, that some folks, over the years, have decided to depart from.....at the top....landing in the Maumee River. So, when there is activity on the bridge that looks like a "jumper", the rescue people and police respond rather quickly.
An area woman, who says she was sexually abused for years by her siblings, was in the news, at the top of the bridge, which is called the Anthony Wayne Bridge. But she wasn't jumping. Her boyfriend was going to rapel off the bridge as a publicity stunt to bring attention to her particular case.
Today, a couple days later, she was being interviewed by a local radio station. Her story sounded horrific and she sounded very strong and willing to share her story, to (hopefully) keep it from happening to her sibling's kids. She sounded very believeable. In fact, I believe that she is telling the truth.
Being a thinking Bear, I asked myself, "What if she wasn't telling the truth?" In the interview she described how she was abused from a very young age until she was about 17. At that point she told her Mother. Her Mother didn't believe her and eventually the entire family disowned her.
She stands by her story.
After digesting all of the above info, I ask the Cyburbia folks the following:
Would it be a violation of civil liberties if social workers were to interview the children of this woman's brothers? The Libertarian streak in me says, "Can't do it." The non-Libertarian (perhaps more human, more compassionate) says, "Do it now, before those kids get abused."