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    has become a really big deal this week. The abuse, especially multiple forms, of children who in turn often turn to abuse - even as children.

    The abuse that the three Castro brothers apparently received in childhood drove two to alcoholism and one to violence against women, his own children and fetuses.

    I am hoping the brain mapping project will help us understand a lot more about the damage done to these kids and develop ways to help them overcome the horrors their minds turn to before they act on them.

    Those who have committed crimes have to be incarcerated for public safety and their own. We will never be able to get many of them to a better place in their minds. What I want to put some serious emphasis on is figuring out how not to create them - including what ever assistance programs it takes while they are children. It's far less expensive than the crimes and incarceration.

    As Dorothy Law Nolte beautifully wrote decades ago

    Children Learn What They Live

    If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
    If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
    If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
    If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
    If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
    If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
    If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
    If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
    If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
    If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
    If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
    If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
    If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
    If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
    If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
    If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
    If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
    If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
    If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
    Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

    May we someday break the cycle of violence.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:02:31 PM PDT

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