Sydney and Dani Wolferts were found today with their mom in an apartment in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
It is a great relief to know they have been kept safe from their abusive father Brian Wolferts for the last year-and-a-half. Alarmingly, however, the initial report from the Orem Police Department's public information officer, Lt. Craig Martinez, was that the police intended to turn the girls over to the man from whom they ran away and with whom they repeatedly have said they do not feel safe. For a review of the reasons why they don't feel safe with the man who abused them, see my previous posts on the subject:
Or go to Brittany's blog and look again at the documentation of abuse she has provided.
Brittany, her sisters, and their mother could use your help and support now more than ever. The girls and their mom will need competent Utah-based legal representation. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with those expenses. Please donate if you are able.
If you are not able, you can still help by making your voice heard. By focusing a light on the abuse suffered by these girls at the hands of their father, the authorities in Utah County may feel the pressure to do the right thing--let the girls' voices be heard, and not send them back to their abuser.
Syd and Dani, if you ever Google your names and see the nasty comments people are making out there, I hope that your search will also lead you to this blog, and that seeing the posts here will lift you up. Please know that there are many more people pulling for you and standing behind you than there are bullies who refuse to listen to you. It may not always feel that way when you read some of the comments people make who really ought to know better, but I do believe the great majority of people in this world are good, and those people side with the victims of abuse, not the abusers. Good people side with those who are powerless against a system that refuses to give the powerless a voice. Many times, good people are scared to raise their voice and be heard. It is sometimes difficult to stand for what is right in the face of violent opposition. So a lot of good people sit on the sidelines and sit on their hands, but they are silently rooting for you. I hope you know you are not alone; there are many people who hear you, believe you, and will work to help you be heard, believed, and protected.