At the time, 1987, it seemed few cared about child abuse and neglect until Suzanne Vega had this unlikely hit (“Hit” sounds inappropriate for the topic matter, but it was #3 on Billboard). Hopefully the carefree-sounding song did not conceal the message to listeners. But in fact, that’s sort of the point:
In the public policy process, one stage is problem definition. This is when we realize there is something not right and start seeking solutions, such as through government action. Public problems may be easily identified when there are massive disasters like a Haitian earthquake or economic recession. But what about when nice children are being abused by their parents or guardians or whoever, and don’t want to talk about it?
These many years on, we can only hope that Luka is a healthy, happy adult.