A New Series: Child Abuse

An Oregon mother of a six-year-old boy calls 9-1-1 to say, "I just threw my son over the Yaquina Bay Bridge". His crime-autism. A mother of a three-year-old boy in Pennsylvania along with possibly two others, tie him to a chair, beat him with whips, curtain rods, and other sharp and blunt instruments then hang him by his feet and beat him again. His crime-not eating his breakfast. A four-year-old girl is beaten to death by her mother. Her crime-she spilled her mother's lotion. And, a six-week-old infant dies of multiple internal injuries and a fractured skull at the hands of his father. His crime-crying.

All you have to do is listen to the evening news or open a newspaper to find another parent or caregiver who has taken the life of a child by abuse. According to Childhelp.org, someone reports the abuse of a child every 10 seconds in the United States. And, it is estimated that as many as 50 to 60 percent of all child deaths are directly related to child abuse, but not reported as such on the death certificate.

This new series will look at: the statistics both here and around the world: who the abusers are: the various types of abuse--physical, emotional, mental, and sexual: what it does to children who survive abuse: the role bullying plays in abuse; why the cycle often continues; why not all punishment is abuse; and, what we can do to stop the abuse that is killing our future generation.

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