Breach of protocol
EDITOR: On Wednesday, District Attorney Jill Ravitch held a meeting in the inner sanctum portion of the Family Justice Center that included Supervisor Efren Carrillo. This was totally inappropriate. Only after the Family Justice Center staff expressed its outrage at this breach of one of its most fundamental tenets did Ravitch inform the supervisor he could not return (“Carrillo told to avoid crisis center,” Thursday).
The center is designed to extend to victims of sexual assault confidential and complete services. For every client who comes to the center, a check is run on the alleged perpetrator, and that person is carefully barred from being allowed inside, using a system of alarms and door locks, with law enforcement personnel on hand.
Yet Ravitch led a meeting with an alleged perpetrator allowed inside this very space. If the victim in Carrillo's case obtained Family Justice Center services, this was a serious violation of the center's work and promises. Even if the victim did not, the message Ravitch sent is one of obliviousness to the needs and concerns of victims.
The right direction
EDITOR: In the two years since Robert Haley began serving as the superintendent for the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, enrollment is up, class sizes for primary grades are down, three vital teacher training days have been restored and two schools have reopened. Our district is finally headed in the right direction (“Leave Credo alone,” Letters, Tuesday).
Help homeless kids
EDITOR: If we didn't have Social Advocates for Youth, we would be looking to form a group like it for the benefits it provides. I'm grateful that SAY is here.
Many kids aren't blessed with a mentor, such as a father or mother, or didn't grow up in a caring environment as I did and most of you reading this did. They need some guidance. It's a tough life for children aging out (at 18 years) of foster care with no place to call home. Some kids become homeless to save themselves from dangerous home situations and need a source of adult-supervised living.