Legal Question in Family Law in Louisiana

Religion and Child Abuse

girl age 16.parents religous & give her unreal punishments.punished 6 months unable to see/speak to anyone other than them.they hit her.ive seen marks on her.parents found out she had a girlfriend.told her very hateful things.''she's going to hell'',etc.they got their church involved.she was humiliated in front of entire church.had to see counselor who happened to be a pastor from their church.told more hateful things for being gay.punished unable to see/speak to friends & girlfriend.parents refuse to let her go to the same school where she met her girlfriend that already graduated.want her homeschooled her senior year.paid her tuition refused to bring her on first day.she cried/broke down.her windpipes closed couldnt breathe.brought to said she has a lot of distress needs to be tested for manic depression and other disorders.all of the stress of this is putting a toll on her health.her godmother wants custody of her.can she?can she move out?can her parents/church be charged with anything?her b-day is in a few weeks.she'll be 17.can she do anything then?

Asked on 8/11/06, 9:21 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Andrew Casanave Andrew M. Casanave

Re: Religion and Child Abuse

If the child is being abused (and I consider what you describe as abuse) call child protection (a division of the State Office of Community Services). If called they will investigate.

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Answered on 8/12/06, 9:26 pm

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