So a girl knocks on my door at breakfast this morning. I go talk to her. She asks for a ride across town to her friend's house. She lives down the street from me, I have seen her around. Her dad punched her in the face last night, she said. I didn't see any marks, but I don't doubt it. I told her she should talk to the police, and she said she did already last night. I welcomed her into my home, the kids were still eating breakfast, and after a little while we got ready to go.
I considered calling the police anyway, but I decided I should talk to her alone, since I had to drop the kids off at their dad's. In the car, I told her my parents beat the ___ out of me too, and I ran away at age 15. True story. I talked about having no support, being alone in the world, and getting into a bad relationship because I needed someone. I told her things would have turned out better for me if I had contacted the authorities and was put into foster care. I asked her if I could take her to the police station right now. She said she already talked to them and had an appointment with someone again on Monday. I do believe her. They don't know what to do with her, because she is a month away from turning 18. I imagine there isn't a good foster placement option for her. She said she had been in jail for a few months and had just gotten out a couple weeks ago. I didn't ask her why. She has a job and plans to go to the community college.
I told her she knows where I live if she needs anything, and I dropped her off at her friend's house.