5: Holding Pattern 1
The first responder’s told us that we would be contacted over the next couple of days by someone from JIRT, the Joint Investigative Response Team. This team is comprised of members from the Child Abuse Squad, the Sexual Assault Service and the service formally known as the Department of Community Services (now Family and Community Services). So we waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally after 3 days, I called them and asked about the process. Little did I know beforehand, but a friend of ours was in charge of the Child Abuse Squad and that was causing the hold up, as he couldn’t then be involved in the case. We were told that because the kids were “safe and not at risk of immediate harm” that we were a low priority due to the high volume of work that this team had at the time. If that isn’t telling about the frequency of these disclosures, I don’t know what is.
So, we waited.