Posts tagged child abuse
Posts tagged child abuse
On Tuesday, Florida’s Cabinet decided it will allow researchers to begin exhuming unmarked graves at the Dozier School for Boys, a now-closed notorious reform school. Former residents say boys were routinely beaten and subjected to other harsh treatment and that some died as a result. Now, families of boys who died there want answers.
The Dozier School for Boys was closed two years ago, but over its 100-year history, it was notorious for physical abuse. As NPR’s Greg Allen reports from Miami, the hope is that today’s decision will unearth answers about the children who died there and why.
Finally, after years of obstructing this investigation, Florida Republicans cave to pressure from it’s citizens.
The latest round of circumcision deaths doubles the toll for 2013 due to the procedure on the male penis, making the year as one of the deadliest. In May, 30 more boys from the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga died because of the rite.
I may be wrong but when I hear the word ‘ritual’ in stories like this I automatically assume they are talking about a ‘religious’ ritual since that is where all practices of this nature originate. I know many here will disagree but I see no difference between female or male circumcision, both are barbaric practices.
Now I know some will claim that male circumcision is medically necessary in Africa to help prevent AIDS and some will claim that it is different than female circumcision because it is deliberately designed to deprive the female of any sensation during sex.
To the medical necessity claim, I say if you want to stop AIDS from spreading in Africa, tell the Pope to go fuck himself and encourage the use of condoms and in regards to often mistaken assumption that male circumcision was not deliberately designed to deprive males of pleasure during sex I quote a 12th Century Rabbi name Maimonides:
“Similarly with regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible. It has been thought that circumcision perfects what is defective congenitally. This gave the possibility to everyone to raise an objection and to say: How can natural things be defective so that they need to be perfected from outside, all the more because we know how useful the foreskin is for that member? In fact this commandment has not been prescribed with a view to perfecting what is defective congenitally, but to perfecting what is defective morally. The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished. The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable.”
Friday Oregon faith healing parents Timothy and Rebecca Wyland were sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation for refusing to seek medical treatment for their young daughter, Alayna.
Alayna was born with a growth on her eye that ended up taking over one side of her face. The Wylands refused to seek medical attention for their daughter. As a result, the Wyland’s were found guilty of first degree criminal mistreatment of a child June 7.
The Wylands belong to the controversialFollowers of Christ Church located in Oregon City. The church is notorious for prohibiting members from seeking medical attention, favoring prayer over medical treatment.
Alayna had an abnormal and deforming buildup of blood vessels in her left eye. The buildup, known as a hemangioma, would have left Alayna blind in the left eye if not treated. While the Wyland’s daughter is now doing much better, a doctor testified during the trial that even with surgery the girl will probably have less than a 30 percent chance of regaining full vision in her left eye.
Even though the Wylands prayed over Alayna, anointed her with oil and used other spiritual rituals endorsed by their church, they failed to seek medical attention for their daughter’s obvious ailment. From January to June of 2010 the couple did nothing while their daughter’s condition deteriorated.
In my opinion, these parents got off wayyyy too easy. No state in this country should be allowed to give legal protections to parents that allow them to abuse their children just because their religious beliefs condone or require it.
At least Oregon removed these protections but the sentence still seems a bit lite considering the fact that the In two previous cases, the children of Followers of Christ Church died.
TRANSCRIPT: “So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,” you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.
Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”
You say, “Can I take charge like that as a parent?”
Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that.”
This guy is blatantly inciting his congregation to abuse their children. Terrible person!
"Between the 1930’s and 1970’s, the Catholic church and the government in Spain allegedly trafficked between 30,000 to some say 300,000 children."
Pope dismisses child rape as normal back in the day. Is this really a shocker?
Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.
How any parents or government agency can continue to justify entrusting children to the care of this organization is very perplexing.
Did 13-Year-Old Hanna Die in the Name of God?
I don’t think there is any doubt that No Greater Joy Ministries and their book To Train Up A Child, as well as the teachings of the Christian Bible itself, influenced these parents abhorrent treatment of this young girl.
Religion really does seem to poison everything… including the childhoods and often the lives of millions of children.
<3 This song!
"Sure As Hell Not Jesus" by Cosmo Jarvis: This is a very catchy tune; although, the subject is a bit dark. Nevertheless, it touches on issues the Chatholic Church, and those who support it, are constantly trying to downplay or ‘sweep under the rug.’
Below is a description of the video from its YouTube page:
The video for “Sure As Hell Not Jesus” is about sexual abuse scandals that have involved the followers and preachers of the catholic faith and its leaders’ frequent insidious dealings with them. It is also about the pressure that family members of victims, that become aware of the misconduct, sometimes have to endure due to the way in which the powerful sexual perpetrators use the faith of their victims and victims’ families to justify their actions or, in the case of protest or the possibility of a revelation, threaten them with religious penalties. It also glances at the effect on priests of rules introduced by the church forbidding them to partake in sexual intercourse. This is a dumb rule I think, I’m not catholic but a penis does fit in a vagina. I wish that the rules could be changed.
Have I mentioned lately that I despise the Catholic Church? They’ve also threatened to stop feeding homeless people to protest gay marriage and (my personal favorite) threatened to close hospitals rather than provide abortions to women who need them. There is no greater hive of scum and villainy than the church.
This is just one more reason President Obama needs to dismantle the architecture of President Bush’s Faith-Based Initiative program which condones taxpayer funded discrimination practices and allows religious groups to openly refuse to hire or provide services to people because of their sexual orientation and differing religious beliefs or lack thereof.
I really feel bad for these children but perhaps they will be less likely to be molested once the Catholic Church no longer controls their destiny.
A young girl was found caged and attempting to eat herself in a mobile home in Virginia, and cops say her parents are responsible.
The malnourished girl, believed to be either 5 or 6, was discovered in a crib that was converted into a makeshift cage after police arrived at the home in Gloucester County to investigate a burglary last week.
"He was really a nice guy," Brian Gore’s ex-girlfriend, Sandy, told WTKR 3 News in Norfolk. "He went to church and everything."
I’m not sure if these people’s religious beliefs had anything to do with their treatment of this little girl but one thing is for sure, going to church damn sure didn’t make them good parents.
via Robert Hands