Part 2 Section B
Unaddressed mental illness in the black community
Definition of Child Abuse: when the punishment does not fit the crime.
Example. Susie receives a ‘black eye’ because she asked for a ‘cookie’.
Definition of beating: a punishment or assault in which the victim is hit repeatedly:
Difinition of hit: bring one’s hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully: strike, slap, smack, spank, cuff, … more
• cause harm or distress to:
• an instance of striking or being struck: blow, thump, punch, knock, bang
• an instance of striking the target aimed at:
Definition of repeatedly: over and over again; constantly: synonyms: frequently, often, again and again, over and over (again), time and (time) again,
Definition of punishment: 1. the infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offense: “crime demands just punishment” synonyms: penalizing, punishing, disciplining, retribution, retributive justice,
Definition of assault: 1. a violent physical or verbal attackb
2. 2 law a : a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact — compare battery 1bb : rape 2
Instigators of child abuse in the black community
E Parental drug use
Grandparents are the second major group to instigate child abuse. Whether the abuse is handed down through the way they raised the parents or the grandparents doing it themselves.
Currently Grandparents are not legally held responsible for anything pertaining to the abuse of their grand children even if they knew about it. The reason for this is they are considered a third party. They should be just as responsible and share the sentence with their kids for any found abuse on grandchildren including death.
Why should grandparents be held responsible?
Three sentences should hold them in criminal intent immediately:
When an abusive parent makes these statements pertaining to how they were raised it should automatically incriminate the grandparents.
1. “I was just doing what was done to me”
2. “I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong”
3. “That’s how I was taught to discipline.”
The grandparents taught them that behavior, if not instigated it, and now a child is hurt.
Where did the parent learn it from?
Any time a child is abused the grandparent should share the blame and take half of the jail sentence if for the following reasons:
1. They raised their own kids to abuse and now their grandchildren are being abused
2. Grandparents always know there is abuse going on and 9 times out of 10 they do not report it. Not reporting abuse in some states is a crime. That crime should double if it’s the grandparent who does not report this
4. If at anytime a child states that the grandparent knew all about it and never did anything to help there should be automatic 30 days in jail for the grandparent in addition to being charged in conjunction with the crime.
Where is the line drawn between discipline and abuse?
Definition of discipline: punishment, instruction, a field of study, training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character, control gained by enforcing obedience or order b : orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
Definition of abuse: a corrupt practice or custom, improper or excessive use or treatment, : language that condemns or vilifies usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily, physical maltreatment
Which one of these girls is disciplined and which one is abused?
Jill was clearly abused. Sadly, some people think that Jill was lightly punished or not punished enough. Even more sad people see this happening to Jill and don’t do anything and don’t speak up.
The reasons people say they don’t speak up is:
1. It’s none of their business
2. They can’t tell somebody else how to parent
3. They don’t know the whole situation
4. They don’t see anything wrong with what happened to Jill
5. Jill’s behavior was seen as bad
Only after a child dies do people speak up with what they saw. But that’s too late! Say something when its happening.
DFCS and Social Workers
According to DFCS and Social workers physical marks must be visible before they can do anything. Mental and verbal abuse do not count in a court of law for child abuse because it can’t be physically proven.
Physical abuse definition = excessive harm, physical harm, or death.
Mental and verbal abuse are far more damaging than physical abuse. The scars from mental abuse can last many years to a life time. Being of the receiving end of verbal abuse is never fun nor is verbal abuse to a child acceptable at any time.
What is the intent for hitting the child?
Is it to hurt?
Teach them a lesson?
Show off for your friends?
Public humiliation to teach them the wrong doing?
Beat them now so the police won’t do it later?
To make them cry?
When is a good reason to hit or “beat” a child?
You’ve told 3 year old Glenda 3 times not to jump on the bed. Should Glenda get a sound beating?
5 year old Robbie has a pair of scissors and is sticking it in the light socket. Do you hit Robbie?
16 year old Tina has cut school again with her friends and she’s smoking. Do you smack Tina around?
15 year old Jerry failed a math test. Do you beat him senseless or meet with the math teacher to find out the problem?
Is it just for kids or do parents have them too?
Violence Against Children Act of 2011
Each state has its own child abuse laws. Most states leave it up to the parents. Senator Barbara Boxer in California tried to introduce a nationwide bill that would unify violence against children. It fell dead in Congress.
Because a group of dummies decided that states should handle this and not the federal government. In this case they couldn’t be more wrong. I would love to see this bill come back with a few modifications.
I would like for it to include that if a child discloses the abuse to any adult and the adult does nothing about it that the adult gets at least 30 days in jail for failing to protect a child.
I would like for it so also include that churches should lose their 501c3 status if they fail to protect an abused child in their church who has reported.
And any school officials or police officers who did not report the abuse of the child or make a report should be immediately fired and never hold that position again anywhere else in America.
How important are our kids to us?