Scathing obituary gets mental health professionals talking

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three quarters of a million children are either abused or neglected each year.

Many children carry the after effects of the abuse with them into their adult years.

A recent obituary has mental health professionals talking about the ramifications of child abuse mixed with social media.

Angel Knoverek has been involved in counseling abused children for more than a decade. And she says when she read the obituary for a Reno Nevada woman, she was a bit surprised.

"If you think about childhood abuse and neglect, that's usually by people who were suppose to take care of you," Knoverek said.

The obituary was a scathing look back on the life of 78-year-old Marianna Johnson. In the newspaper obituary it said, "everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit."

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It wasn't an obit you would expect.

"What we do know is childhood trauma impacts children long into adulthood," Knoverek said.

Dr. Frank Froman has been a psychologist for more than 40 years and has had many patients who have had to deal with abuse they endured in their childhood. He says an obituary like this is the first he's seen.

"But these people went beyond therapy, they wound up saying my therapist is going to end up being the entire world, we're going to tell it to everybody, no holds barred. And the things they wrote about were pretty awful, the kind of release they got was probably pretty amazing," Dr. Froman said.

And Knoverek says for children who have endured mental and physical abuse, the more they suffer as a child the more long lasting affects they will face as they reach adulthood.

Froman says if people decide they want to go that route and put it out into the social media world, they've got to remember that there is no take backs and once it hits the Internet, it's out there for everyone to see.