A story that needs to be told to help others….. Right through all this I have not said much to anyone but due ongoing crap its time I said something!
The photo that started it all
I want to begin with the image that started it all, an image that was only viewable for 4 days, a fact that they knew! This was an innocent image of something that was witnessed which had an element that someone needed to be checked on, an image that my husband and I went out of our way asking people who to contact or where can we put it so it will be seen. Not one scrap of wrong doing, not once scrap of malice, not once scrap of ill intent, just an image of an incident seen in a town where we knew no one. A image taken whilst I was talking to a bystander asking them “Is he ok, did he need help, was he confused, is their someone to contact” and so on.
You cannot even begin to imagine how horrifying it was to find that the image was decided it was posted for “mocking” purposes. This is something that I will never ever be able to comprehend that a person can even think like this let alone decide this as the reason before even finding out why.
This same type of image is not unusual at all, how many times do you see on the news people holding cameras and showing things? How many times do people share Dashcam footage of things they see, how many people take photos and post to social media in an attempt to locate someone, help someone or simply just something the saw doing something like busking. None of these things are sinister nor was this image. It was only made sinister by their actions and they turned something innocent into something it wasn’t, thus creating one hell of a mountain out of nothing.
I didn’t contact Police for over a week because what was happening was becoming very serious. When I told them the photo was removed and local page was shut down and all information was provided they said that there was no need to remove the photo and that I had not done anything wrong. In fact they even shared the image and printed it out! They also praised me for doing all I could to do the right thing.
If S and SS only told the truth, asked questions, instead of bold statements, abuse and serious threats and perhaps for just one second asked themselves “Why did a a couple go out of their way asking every person they saw in a place they knew no one if they knew who could be contacted or where to post a image onto a local noticeboard”? The answer is elementary, so that someone would see that photo could check that person was ok!
It’s literally this bloody simple! S and SS should also ask themselves what would they feel if someone saw their loved one involved in something and didn’t say a thing? How would they feel if the incident caused a serious accident days later that could have been prevented? Would people rather know their loved one needs some support to keep their independence or prefer not to know about it and it resulting also in an accident that could have been prevented had they had the heads up.
What is crazy is S and SS were provided with all the information that what was seen, information a local said, multiple dash cam photos with detailed descriptions, even several minutes of video footage of the entire route. Every single possible conceivable thing that could be given was, given. Yet S and SS preferred to create so much drama over something so tiny and something that was only ever innocent. Thousands (yes thousands) of screenshots of threats, abuse, violence all for nothing but seeing someone do something that was concerning and for doing nothing but try to help and make sure they were ok.
Though the one thing I am exceptionally happy about is knowing that there were things put in place for the individuals safety and preserve independence. The most screwed up bit is has these people did not do what they did I would have completely batted for them, I and my husband would have helped with anything we could so their loved one was safer. We even would have helped with a smaller version of transport to help keep them safe.
Though it still baffles me that despite S & SS’s deciding that the image was posted with ill intent they actually emailed me with immense joy and telling me how amazing the image is and even asked if they could hire me for some photos they wanted done.