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  •  I agree with you that the family deserves (0+ / 0-)

    zero slack.

    But there are societal forces that play a part in this.

    Perhaps parents are predisposed to abuse and are finally pushed over the edge by frustration and lack of any support whatsoever.  

    I don't know the answer, but I do believe that the parents are fully responsible for their actions.  

    Still, I wonder if there is something we can do as a society - support systems, treatment, housing, etc - which could make this a less frequent occurrence?

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:34:22 PM PST

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    •  I think the first thing we should do as a society (1+ / 0-)
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      is to stop ignoring possible abuse. Whenever there is a story like this, people come out of the wordwork saying "I thought about reporting it, but..." or "Yeah, I saw the kid eating out of garbage cans. He/she looked really skinny."

      But no one does anything. Or, conversely, we hear "I called several times..." but the police or social services did not do anything.

      I strongly feel that as a society we need to be far less afraid of getting involved and more willing to listen to people and kids reporting abusive behavior.

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      by CatM on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:21:51 PM PST

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    •  I apologize for misreading things (1+ / 0-)
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      Obviously my suggestion would not make this a "less frequent occurrence."

      I don't have an answer for that. Maybe financial incentives could be offered (like discounts on maternal care/delivery) for parents who complete parenting classes.

      Maybe if schools have special needs children, they should implement a program for making sure those kids get some sort of counseling at least once a month so they have someone they feel they can talk to if they are having a serious problem at home.

      We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

      by CatM on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:24:02 PM PST

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