Child Welfare Authorities Became Aware Of The Abuse, Neglect, And Social Isolation Of Susan

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On November 4th 1970, Los Angeles child welfare authorities became aware of the abuse, neglect, and social isolation of Susan “Genie” Wiley. Upon farther investigation, they discovered that Susan, a thirteen-year-old, had been severely maltreated by her father. Susan’s father came to a conclusion early in her life that she was socially unfit or “retarded’ and was ashamed of her. He hid her in the back bedroom of the Wiley home and kept her from neighbors, family, and friends. Thus leaving Susan unable to develop language skills learned from communicating and interacting with other people. She was taking away from her home and placed in the care of the state. Scientist and Psychologist took this as an opportunity to test hypotheses and theories on language acquisition skills. Susan learned gradually, but because she was not exposed to early childhood language skills, she was not able to retain the information permanently. Even today in her late fifties, she is ward of the state in California and has limited verbal skills. At initial assessment it is clear that Susan is in imminent danger of serious harm and should be immediately removed from her home. There are evident signs of physical, mental, and emotional abuse; possibly signs of sexual abuse; and she is significantly malnourished by her parents. Susan appears to look and act like a seven year old, but is in fact thirteen years old. She is currently not in the same home as her father, but is in her mother’s care, who…

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