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MO women's shelter responds to 'I bet he likes you' comment

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

It might be something you heard people say plenty of times, but is it sending the wrong message to little girls?

A 4-year-old girl who was hit by a boy at school and left needing stitches was told by a hospital employee: 'I bet he likes you,' leaving the girl's mother outraged. And thousands more on social media are coming to the mother's defense.

Five words led to outrage, "I bet he likes you." That's what an Ohio children's hospital employee told a 4-year-old girl receiving stitches on her cheek after she was hit by a boy at school.

Her mother wrote an open letter on Facebook saying, "I will not allow that message to be ok."

The letter resonated with thousands of parents.

One woman called the incident "sickening."

Another wrote, "She will remember this the rest of her life."

At the Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau, you'll find empowering words and phrases on the walls.

Molly Woeltje, the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Safe House for Women says phrases and statements like these only teach young girls it's okay for boys to hurt them.

"If it is ingrained in her head at a young age, when she gets older it is going to be harder to get her to change,” she said.

Woeltje says other phrases like "boys will be boys" are equally as damaging.

"That is a problem we see with clients and people that we work with that they are being told, 'I love you, I love you," and then that's followed up with some sort of violence,” she said.

So far the letter has been shared well more than 30,000 times on Facebook.

The hospital has since responded to the post and says they are working with the hospital employee.

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