No one likes to talk about child abuse. It makes people sad, upset, angry, (in my case borderline homicidal), and a range of other emotions. But, if we only ever discuss the warm and fuzzies, we will never learn anything right?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2012. Of those 686,000, an estimated 1,640 died as a direct result. Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, over 75% suffered neglect; more than 15% suffered physical abuse; and just under 10% suffered sexual abuse. Approximately 80% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim’s parents.
I have to say it: What…the…fuck…is…wrong…with…people?
People are beating their children to death but talk about how upsetting an ASPCA commercial is because the puppies are sad. I love me some puppies but seriously, how are we not doing something about this? We have DCF reviewing cases because some bitter ex filed a false claim to piss off the ex that rejected them and we cannot get them into the homes of the children who need it. Which brings me to my point….
Those stats are ACTUAL abuse. Your ex taking the kids to McDonald’s, is NOT child abuse. Your ex setting a later bedtime than you do in your home, is NOT child abuse. Your child being exposed to your ex’s significant other (because God forbid they like someone other than you), is NOT child abuse. Giving your child popcorn before the age of 4 (it is a choking hazard not a health risk), is NOT child abuse. Your ex giving your kids non-organic foods or toys that aren’t made of only wood hand carved by tiny elves who live in a tree (I mean seriously, whose kids actually like that shit anyway?), in NOT child abuse. I could go on. You should hear the crap people bitch about.
We have real problems here (see above for those of you with short-term, single parent, lack of sleep, memory issues), your ex doing things differently than you is not abuse whether you like it or not. Further, I’m willing to wager that if you guys did everything the same and thought so much alike, you would not be divorced. This is one issue that I will not joke about nor apologize for my snarkiness. If you have filed a DCF report, which is bogging down our system, creating unnecessary work for our already overworked and underpaid government employees, and therefore keeping children who actually need help from getting it, you deserve worse than to be offended by my pissed off blog post. Additionally, you probably shouldn’t tell me where you live. There will be abuse and it won’t be of the children.