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What do you think about child abuse ?

Asked by KeepYourEyesWideOpen (345 points ) January 11th, 2013

As far as my opinion goes, I think it’s terrible. This is one of those controversial topics that I feel strongly about because it hits close to home for me on a personal level. No parent should have any excuse to hit their child in a negative manner, or in any manner at all really. Child abuse is emotionally, physically, and spiritually damaging to that child, and they’ll be traumatized for the rest of their lives. It’s something that you would think would be so simple to avoid but it still happens virtually everywhere, and it’s sickening.

What is your more general attitude towards the issue?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Children are the only true innocents in this world. Anyone that can harm a child is below contempt. I could seriously harm someone that would hurt a child.

bookish1's avatar

Hits close to home for me as well. Pun intended.
Fuck child abuse, and fuck the cultural relativism that people invoke to justify it.
Is anyone going to say they love child abuse? I think people will differ on what they think constitutes it, however.
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marinelife's avatar

I think it’s appalling.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I think it’s bad. Is anyone here going to say they’re in favor of child abuse? Doubt it.

ragingloli's avatar

Fun for the whole family. Well, almost.

Seek's avatar

Since when is child abuse controversial? I’m pretty sure “abusing kids” is one of those near-universal evils

I think child abuse beyond the physical is ignored far too often. Most of the deepest scars and bruises cannot be seen with the eye.

jca's avatar

I know there are no stupid questions on Fluther but to me, this question is silly. Who is going to say they’re in favor of child abuse?

ucme's avatar

Don’t understand the appeal of sniffing kids, worse than solvent abuse in my opinion.
I mean, you’ll just end up smelling of candy & classrooms & stuff…

SomeoneElse's avatar

No one in their right mind could possibly imagine that child abuse is acceptable, but pedophiles seem to think it is.
Any one who does anything to harm a child is despicable, evil and defies description, and I think that do-gooders who say that the perpetrators must have had a ‘troubled upbringing’ do children a grave injustice.

jonsblond's avatar

Abuse is bad m’kay

hearkat's avatar

Child abuse is a controversial topic? It seems to me that the vast majority of people will agree that it is bad to abuse anyone – especially the helpless or innocent, like children and animals.

The grey area is what action constitutes “abuse”. Some believe that any physical form of discipline is abuse, whereas others feel that a swat on the behind is acceptable.

I was abused psychologically and sexually by a family member. I wouldn’t say that I’ve “gotten over” those experiences; but I can say that I’ve learned to accept them as a part of my past, but not to define myself as a victim anymore.

However, there was a time that my mindset was still mired in that role, and I was full of self-loathing, and I became a single parent and was overwhelmed. I have crossed the line a couple times. Does that make me evil? Most perpetrators did have fucked-up childhoods themselves, and are ill-equipped to be parents. Does that mean that they are above reproach? Does that give them an excuse? Absolutely not. But it does not mean that they are “evil” or can not change.

As for me, I did change. I realized that I was failing my son miserably, and yet I was his only hope. I took accountability for my own actions and worked to put my own troubled past behind me. I made my son my true priority, and apologized to him for the mistakes I’ve made. He is now 21, works full-time and we are very close.

The cycle of abuse can be stopped.

Shippy's avatar

Yes, a lot of people equate child abuse with sex. It is also violent, it can be insidious, or emotional. It can also consist of neglect, or ignoring, or lack of. It can also take the form of scapegoating, or just being an unwanted child. It can also take the form of siblings being split up because of foster care.

I still suffer today because on all levels I was abused. Yet, as an adult, I took care of my parents. I have no idea why. I would not recommend it. It’s like grasping for love in a dry well.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

~ W. H. Auden

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