The daughter of a former Berthoud, Colorado police officer recently spoke out for the first time about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. In an interview with Fox affiliate KDVR, the victim-Savannah Yachik-says she was abused by her father. Not once. Not twice. According to Savannah Yachik, her father abused her for 12 years. 12. Fucking. Years. To make matters worse, she tried reporting her father to authorities several times. Not only did nothing happen to him, but when he found out that “someone called again” (because his police buddies told him when someone called to report him), he punished Savannah Yachik by, you guessed it-beating her. My blood is boiling right now. This is unconscionable behavior for anyone, but he’s her father! Of all the places children should feel safe and secure, it should be at home. Of all the people a child should feel safe and secure around, it should be their parents. Children should be protected by their parents, not abused.
Parents are not the only ones that should be protecting children. From a young age, children are taught that if they need help, to call the police. They’re taught that police officers are trustworthy individuals who serve and protect the community. Not only did Jeremy Yachik not live up to those ideals, neither did the Berthoud Police Department. Rather than aiding the person who needed protection-Savannah Yachik-they protected her abuser. In her interview with KDVR, she said there were times she just wanted to die. And still, her father was never arrested. Other times, she would go to school with black eyes, telling school officials that she got them while playing with her brother. And still, Jeremy Yachik was never arrested. In the interview, Savannah says her father threatened to kill her several times. And still, he was never arrested.
It took Jeremy Yachik being captured on video beating his daughter (because she ate carrots-I shit you not) for something to be done. The video was enough to get Yachik fired from the police force, but if you think he was punished, think again. He was sentenced to 30 days in a jail work-release program, 3 years of probation, and 80 hours of community service. Oh yeah, that’s punishment. Headdesk. Facepalm. Gee, is it because he’s a cop that he never spent time in jail? That can’t be it, because the criminal justice system doesn’t favor cops. Not at all. Yes, that’s sarcasm, because justice is not blind. It’s biased.
Here’s the video if anyone wants to watch it. I have to warn you, it’s disturbing.