The Sad Story Of Mary Ellen Wilson: First Documented Case Of Child Abuse Which Was The Beginning Of The Fight For Children's Rights
Among the countless ways human rights can be violated, child abuse is the most heartbreaking of all. Nowadays, special laws against cruelty to children can protect their rights and provide them with a safe place and caring foster parents, but it was not always that way. The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was only created in 1874, after the notorious Mary Ellen Wilson case shocked America. It is believed to be the first child-protective organization ever created in the world.
Mary Ellen’s life story was the first ever documented case of child abuse in the USA, which triggered important changes in the country’s law system.