IPT Book Reviews

Title: Unspeakable Acts: The Ordeal of Thomas Waters-Rimmer  Positive Review
Authors: Gregory W. Morris and Thomas J. Waters
Publisher: William Morrow and Co., Inc. 1993

William Morrow and Co., Inc.
1350 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
$23.00
 

Description:

This 493-page book is written by an investigative reporter and the victim.  The investigator, Gregory Morris, chose to live with the victim, Tom Waters, in order to pursue the story and apparently the two did not get along very well.  Waters, a college student, sued the Lorain County Children's Services of Ohio for placing him in a foster home with an abuser who engaged him in oral sex for 12 years.  He claims that he brought suit against the state child protection agency to make others aware and to "express his anger" (p. 484).  The case was settled out of court.
 

Discussion:

If the reader can put up with the rambling, long-winded chapters which have little to do with the lawsuit they will be rewarded by the fact that one state agency was held (financially) accountable.  Although an occasional case receives media attention, most parents and children whose cases are mishandled by child protection services agencies receive no publicity and there is seldom any accountability, financial or otherwise.

This is a good book if the reader can wade through the irrelevant material.  Those in a hurry should read chapters 28 and 29.

Reviewed by LeRoy G. Schultz, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, West Virginia University, Morganstown, West Virginia.

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