Battered Children - How do you feel about them?
July 16, 2010 5:50am CST
I am currently reading the book "A Brother's Journey" and it is about the life story of the author, Richard Pelzer when he was a kid, in the hands of his violent mother. Here is a quick sight on his story. In "A Child Called It", Dave Pelzer described the terrible treatment he received at the hands of his mother and his brother, Richard. Fortunately for Dave, he was removed from Pelzer household, by the time he was 12 y.o. But his mother needed a new scapegoat for her alcohol-fueled wrath. Soon it was Richard who received nocturnal beatings had Tabasco sauce (i dont know this sauce) poured down his throat and was kicked and slapped to the point of needing hospitalization. Yet, he survived. I'm not yet done reading so I still don't know how was he able to escape from his mother's brutal treatment against him. I feel so sad that these things really happened before, and even sadder that there are ones now, who happen to feel the same, and receive the same treatment. How do you feel about them?
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17 Jul 10
wow. i can't even imagine a mother doing that to her own child. i really feel bad for those 2 people you've mentioned but i'm glad they have lived through it. hope their mom goes to hell. hahah. or if she's sorry for what she did, she should at least make it up to her sons.
16 Jul 10
Sadistically sick people who abuse their own children must be promptly and seriously reprimanded by their respective country's social welfare. Children are the world's future, and this kind of injustice must not be allowed to happen to them at all cost. Any person caught guiltily practicing this kind of brutality must be punished to the max.
16 Jul 10
i know how it feels to see a kid beaten badly by his mom or dad. it happens to the kids of my sister. i believe in spanking to discipline kids but not to the extent there would be bruises already. i really cannot help but get hysterical when i would see them doing that to their kids. i usually had fights with my brother in law and even my sis for treating their kids that way. few weeks ago i was so close to calling a social worker to stop the violence but then again my mom and siblings reprimanded me for i would surely embarrass or put the family in an awkward situation. the beatings still continue until now. mom always reprimand them but they still keep doing it. i just pray to God for intervention bec. i know at least ive done my part although not really much.
• Pasay, Philippines
16 Jul 10
That is so harsh I really feel pity for those children. I can't imagine the Tabasco which is a hot sauce that will just poured down his throat. I think the mother has mental disorder already or if not she is suffering from depression. She needs to consult psychiatrist already for that case. I can't imagine myself on his son's shoes that I am feeling dying because of my mother who have decided to have me on this world.
• United States
16 Jul 10
People that beat and abuse children,are weak. It is easier to attack a child, and take your feelings out that you have for someone else that has hurt you than to stand up to that person. Some chidren escape it and go on to become better people because of it, others continue the abuse onto their children. It is all they have seen so to them it is alright. I think once a child has been abused to the point of being hospitalized, that child should be taken out of the home for good and plaaced with a relative that will love and care for him/her. i dont think they should be placed in a foster home, this again puts more stress on the child as they are thrown into a situation where they are cut off from all family members, and must wonder what they have done to deserve this. mothers especially, abuse their children because of the emotional stress of not having enough money to raise the child, (not child's fault) or the father of this child does not love her the way she feels he should after they had this child together, so she takes it out on the child. I feel these abusive parents has led to the law that if a parent hits you in any way, call the police, has led to what we see today inthe kids that are coming up. The abuse is now from the kids towards their parents, the law states you can not Correct me in any way or I will tell the cops. I have a grand daughter that is 16, she litterly rules the house. She knows that if my daughter in any way puts her hands on her, she will go to jail. Let me tell you something I came out of the baby boomers, and when we ran our mouth or did something we was told not to do, we got our azzes busted. That azz, is a tough thing, this was not considered abuse, but showing the child that you are the parent, and you will do as I say. My grand daughter stands in her mother's face and cusses her like a dog, and she will tell her do something about it, one thing my daughter did do was call the police and let them handle it, the one cop that came to the house told my daughter, she needs her azz busted, my daughter said yes and if I do it you will arrest me, he said yes that is the point, they know you can't do anything to them. If you no longer have the right to correct your child, then howo can a court of law hold you responsible when that child does something to break the law, her up bringing has been taken from you. There is a thin line between abuse and correcting a child, I only know that when my kids did something after I told them repeatly not to do, they got their behinds warmed up, and you know what they didn't do it again. They did not stand in our face and use the F-- word, nor do it in front of strangers or frends that came to the house. They did not tell us, so what you gonna do about it? They knew what was going to happen if they broke the rules. When we talk abuse, we talk about a mother/father beating a child for no reason, abusing to the point of the child being harmed because we are mad at our selves, or someone else. That is abuse not correcting a child. And things are only gettig worse, with this law in place. Where I lived they sent a paper home at the start of school, it ask, Do you approve of the school spanking your child if it becomes necessary, and I marked Yes, they have control of her for about 7 hours a day, and should be able to control this child, if it is allowed to stand up and spit in their face then we might as well close the schools and just let them grow up in the street. A parent much have control over their child, and when a child tells them make me, then they should be allowed to SHOW THEM, no you won't. If you beat a child because you are angry, then it is you that has the problem not the child, and once that has been showed the parent should lose the child, soem times the abuse goes too far and it takes the childs life that is when it becomes sad.