There had been no violence the previous week, but the week before that he had hit her twice. Through no fault of his own he’d have no empathy for me being sick or unwell. She went back to her job as an accounting technician three days a week when Jake was three months old. Linda’s sister, Marie, had been in Toronto for many years.
Three days after I finished my reporting Jake unexpectedly assaulted a woman in public, and then he bit Linda when she went to intervene. When Jake was 20 months old she took him to Canada to visit his aunt, uncle and cousins.
He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of 8-year-olds, and their disparate parents.
He drags me down to the ground.” When Jake was a toddler he was diagnosed with autism. Jake’s father has not been around since the day Linda told him she was pregnant. ” Linda and Jake, who live in Crumlin, are a family of two.Fortunately, there's a much greater awareness about child sexual abuse than there was in my youth.In fact, there's a much greater awareness than there was just 12 months ago, before former Penn State University's football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15-year period.“Marie was concerned that he wasn’t making much eye contact and wasn’t talking.
He had a few words but not as many as you’d expect. I thought they were all nuts, that Marie was being a drama queen.” Jake had developed a habit of eating carpet pile and the wool that he plucked from Linda’s cardigans and jumpers.Linda O’Kane never knows when her son, Jake, will hit her next. In March 2003 his speech and language report from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, in Crumlin in Dublin, included the statement: “Jake was diagnosed with a moderate to severe severity of autism and severe developmental delay.” In November that year a report on Jake from the South Western Area Health Board described him as “achieving test scores comparable with the severe range of intellectual disability”. “I remember my da giving me a piece of advice, saying you can’t make a man stay with you if he doesn’t want to – just let him off,” she says.I spent four days last week with Jake, who is 14, and Linda. It also noted: “He shows a number of strengths in that he presents as a busy, well-loved, healthy and content little boy.” “Autism has to be one of the most selfish conditions I have ever come across,” Linda says, matter-of-factly. At the end of the day none of our kids asked for this, and they all deserve the best we can give them. When Linda was pregnant she gave up her rented apartment in Terenure and moved home to her parents, Phyllis and Seamus, in Drimnagh.One year ago this month, the scandal at Penn State reminded us of the realities of sexual abuse.Sadly, the majority of children who've been victimized never tell on their own, so it's up to us to spot the warning signs.Cast: Gabriel Iglesias, Richard Gant, Gloria Garayua, ' Casey Wilson) has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Cast: Candice Bergen, Zachary Knighton ( Logline: A family with a special-needs child is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.