Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Thoughts on Child Abuse

This little rant may sound crazy if it's misunderstood but here goes~

I am horrified by the amount of child abuse in this country and for all I know elsewhere in the world. The number of children sexually abused; physically abused; neglected and/or murdered is astounding! Some days it almost seems that that is all there is on the news. The mental illness that precipitates these actions boggles the mind of experts. If only there were the resources to swoop down and take these poor children to safety the way they took the 400 plus children from Warren Jeff's compound!!

Yes there is terrible abuse or mistreatment of children in some fundamentalist polygamous sects, but I can't help thinking that the outrage from the world at large had more to do with the polygamy part than in concern for children in general. Sound stupid or crazy? Maybe. But the negative judgement of polygamy may have affected the authorities zeal for the raid. After all, where are the authorities or the relatives who may see or suspect abuse in the rest of the country. Look at the Penn State case. Everyone who could do something turned a blind eye on the situation. That shocks me. If nothing else, someone could have gone to a newspaper and told the story when no one else paid any attention.

Similar cases of ignoring pleas for help or horrible suspicions take place all the time. The Catholic Church for instance. The teachers or principals who ignore bruising, constant absences and malnutrition.

There is no band-aid solution to this national epidemic. But I think it would do well for authorities to concern themselves more with these children than how many wives a man may have.

5 comments:

Border Collie said...

The fundamentalist polygamy groups are abusive by nature. The religion and the members abuse the human rights of the women and children. There are bound to be familial marriages, and too many males, so boys are forced out, uneducated girls with babies who don't know how to get out or what to do. They are often denied newspapers, tv, radio, all communication with those who aren't members. Very different than the horrendous cases of individual abuse, Penn State, Catholic church, etc. It wasn't a tenet to abuse at any college or catholic church.
Too many people have kids and abuse them and keep living these wrecks of lives and what anybody say. The parents are no good; women work to support a parolee druggie boyfriend who beats kids till he kills them. They should prosecute the mothers who allow it equal to the men. My heart breaks. And look at all the ones who are just lousy people who may not abuse but are worthless who have kids. Horrible.

Alice said...

as a survivor of parental abuse, i can say from experience that it is a horrible thing. the worst part is when the people around who know what's going on turn a blind eye...

Older and Weiser said...

I hate to even turn on the tv anymore. The stories of abuse rip my heart out. You can't unring a bell. The abuse cannot be taken away. The scars are always there--the victims just learn how to cope--that is, the lucky ones. Many end up being abusers themselves, or try to kill the pain with drugs and alcohol. How many kids need to commit suicide before this country finally stands up and says, ENOUGH!

Dan said...

I think child abuse needs to be noticed by people! it is brushed under the carpet and is the worst thing a child can experience because it scars them for life...
I would appreciate some support from people who want to make a stand against child abuse, as i am in the process of trying to release my nephew of the 'legal system' and social workers so he can be with people who truly love him! would appreciate all the support i can get... visit:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000117464329&ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/328975953800655/

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