portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article commentary portland metro

human & civil rights | social services

Department of Human Services (DHS) kinda' sucks...

My child and I got screwed as many must have been
Shame on You, Department of Human Services, you pretty much suck as far as I am concerned...I'm 38, have held regular jobs since age 14 and now I ask for a bit of assistance after paying your ass all these years but am denied benefits because I do have a place to live in, even if it's not mine, because I won't give you my son's and his mother's S.S. information. I'm one of the nicest people you can meet in the world and you treat me like crap, you call a supervisor to talk to me and signal security to keep eye on me. I'm clean, I'm shaven, I'm dressed nice enough, just hard times since laid off. If I were homeless and smelled like shit and dragged my shopping cart full of un-retunables into your cubicle, you'd probably give me a "F**k'n cheque for a million dollars just to get my nasty ass out of your space. I've been helping people ot all my life and this is what I get? I'm just a stay at home dad that does a lot of volunteer work and have reasons for no outside childcare as I was abused and will never allow risk to my kiddo. Letter below was included with application for temporary assistance. Thank you Amy Seacheo for being such an insensetive bitch, 20-points karma + 10- points for the look when I said I couldn't show at 7.30 am with kiddo, since i should be able to arrange childcare FU. Thank you for reading, I'm not asking for a handout, just a little help, something I've never done before and isn't easy for me. I've been employed from age 14 until recently, never needed assistance, now I do. I am provided a home to stay in but any food I use is taking from my son and his mother, I need to help out. This is a very temporary situation, I'm promised my job back; but unsure when that will happen. My workplace of 5+ years was forced to close down and relocate 9 months ago, my unemployment benefits have expired and am looking for something temporary until we are rebuilt, not so easy to find a job as my hours must allow my care for my son and he is my #1 priority. My current income does vary...One week I may make $1 in recyclables, the next I could make as much as $12-14; pends whether I beat the transients to the bins and on the partcular week or holiday. My art sales are also in the air as I made $68 one "Last Thursday" night on Alberta St., another I made nothing. Odd jobs, they come then they're gone, you can only build a fence once, can't paint or mow in the winter. I figure..if I'm lucky right now, my average income would be in the area of $50 per month. Please help. Sincerely, Christopher Ritter If you wonder, which you don't, why I don't allow childcare. Look at this, and yes, it's me, i have my reasons... Dusenberry 'stole my childhood' Portland man recalls devastation of alleged abuse by 'father figure' By Jim Redden?? The Portland Tribune, Jan 11, 2002 Christopher Ritter was 8 years old when he first met Jerry Dusenberry, the Olympic boxing official and volunteer for numerous youth programs who Portland police say may have abused hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young boys over the past few decades. The year was 1977, and Ritter's mother had enrolled him in the YMCA's Big Brother program after he started getting in trouble following his parents' divorce. When he was caught shoplifting, Ritter's mother decided he needed a male role model, a substitute father figure who could straighten him out. Dusenberry, a volunteer Big Brother, seemed to fit the bill. "He seemed to be the perfect father figure, an ideal role model," Ritter says now. "He was handsome, very charming and into sports." Dusenberry lavished attention on Ritter. The first time they went out together, Dusenberry took his young charge to a sneak preview of "Star Wars," the sci-fi spectacular that became a film classic. During future visits, they would go out for pizza or visit various gyms around town where Dusenberry worked with amateur boxers and basketball players. It only took a few months for Dusenberry to win Ritter's confidence. "I looked up to him," Ritter says. "I trusted him completely." Then Dusenberry asked Ritter's mother if her son could spend one night a week at his house. She said yes. "The guy was sly. He charmed my mother completely," Ritter says. That's when the abuse began, Ritter says. Once Dusenberry got him alone in his Southeast Portland home, his personality changed completely. He began drinking red wine, his eyes grew cold and he stopped pretending to care. Dusenberry started coming into the guest room where Ritter slept. He'd sit on the edge of the child's bed and talk about how evil women were. Ritter says Dusenberry would start running his hands over the boy's body, first above the covers, then under them and, finally, under his clothes. "I can still remember the smell of his breath and his stubble on my face," Ritter says. At first Ritter was afraid to tell anyone. He said Dusenberry threatened him, saying he would be taken away from his mother and placed in a foster home if he complained. Ritter broke down and told his mother. But, he says, she didn't believe him. "I remember telling her, I know I did," Ritter says. "But she didn't believe me, and she kept sending me back. She was busy with her own life." When he finally couldn't take it anymore, Ritter refused to see Dusenberry again. But by then the abuse had gone on for approximately two years, he says. A history of abuse Dusenberry, a former Bonneville Power Administration administrator, was charged with four counts of molesting an 8-year-old boy on Dec. 10, and was charged with 10 additional counts of molesting two other children on Jan. 2. He has pleaded not guilty to all 14 counts and is currently in the Multnomah County Detention Center with bail set at $1 million. His trial is tentatively set for Jan. 23. Dusenberry's lawyer, John Henry Hingson, did not return repeated phone calls for comment on this story. The Tribune also was unable to reach Ritter's mother. Portland police say Dusenberry may have abused hundeds, perhaps thousands, of young boys over the past few decades. "Dusenberry went to great lengths to find multiple victims in multiple organizations for multiple years," says Lee Gossen, the lead Portland police detective on the case. Because the statute of limitations expires when child sex-abuse victims turn 24, it is too late for the Multnomah County district attorney to charge Dusenberry for abusing victims such as Ritter. But it's not too late for Ritter to sue Dusenberry personally. He has retained Portland attorney Gary Bisaccio to explore the idea of a lawsuit against Dusenberry. Stepping forward Sitting at the dining room table in his Northeast Portland home, Ritter is occasionally overwhelmed by the events of the past few weeks. He offered to talk about Dusenberry to warn parents about how some sexual molesters find their victims and hide their crimes. But, as the memories rush forward, tears frequently fill Ritter's eyes, and he has trouble speaking. "I actually had blacked out most of what happened," Ritter says. "I had gaps in my memory. But I'm remembering everything now." On the surface, Ritter, now 32, appears to be a well-adjusted adult. He has held a series of responsible management jobs and is in a loving, long-term relationship with the mother of his 2-year-old son. Achieving stability has not been easy for Ritter. As a teen-ager, he was hospitalized for psychiatric problems and a good friend prevented him from killing himself. He still has trouble sleeping, fights an unpredictable temper and is terrified at the thought of sending his only child to school. But Ritter thought his most serious problems were under control until he received a phone call from Portland police in early December after they had arrested Dusenberry on charges of molesting the 8-year-old boy. A police search of his house had turned up a handwritten journal with Ritter's name in it. According to Ritter, the police said the journal includes the names of many other boys, too. It appears to be Dusenberry's personal record of his victims. The police wanted Ritter's help. They needed to learn how Dusenberry operated and were having trouble finding many of the other people listed in the journal. Adult victims of child sexual abuse frequently drop out of mainstream society. They have trouble holding jobs, move often and don't leave forwarding addresses. "We end up talking to relatives a lot of the time, when we can find them," Gossen says. Ritter agreed to cooperate, discussing his deepest secrets with detectives for hours. When he first sat down with them, Ritter drew a map of the inside of Dusenberry's house to prove he was there. "They said it was very accurate," Ritter says. To help organize his thoughts, Ritter has filled pages of a notebook with phrases and sentence fragments. Under the heading "Effects," he has written "Basically ? Lost childhood" followed by "Shame" and "Guilt." The pages tell a story of betrayal and lost innocence. "He basically stole my childhood and almost ruined my life," Ritter says. "Parents don't want to believe there are people like that out there. But there are." Contact Jim Redden at jredden@portlandtribune.com.

OH YEAH??? 08.Dec.2007 08:48

Oh Well...

I think they're pretty damn cool & crafty to boot, doing what all they do with what they got. They never done me wrong. Waa waa waa. Cry me a river & sail away.........