Is it possible to end child abuse?

United States
March 10, 2007 8:09am CST
I've been leading a small, all-volunteer non-profit for nearly 20 years and one of the leading obstacles I seem to face is that people seem utterly hopeless about the idea of ending child abuse. It's easy to read the headlines and watch the news and feel this way...Yet, I truly believe that it's possible to end child abuse. I truly believe that most (not all) people don't want to abuse children and are willing to change. What do you think? Is it possible? If so, how? Education? Awareness? Parenting Support? Stricter consequences? A massive global shift? Or is it just plain impossible?
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
10 Mar 07
In this day and age, I do not think it is possible end child abuse even with all of the counseling and support and legal system or anything else. There are just too many people out there who do not care about their children or their loved ones and will continue abusing children. Child abuse happens everyday and everywhere. I certainly would be really happy if child abuse did stop, just like I wish murdering and raping would stop too. Maybe they should have a class in high school or college to educate people on parenting as well as maybe some free presentations offered around the world to tell people about child abuse. I would love to see much harder punishments for those who abuse their childs.
• United States
10 Mar 07
I appreciate your feedback here. It seems like society is really pushing for greater punishments right now, though we're in a weird place. The punishments are more severe but not that severe...so, abusers are getting out of prison even more abusive than when they went in. It's a dilemma. I enjoyed your observations and appreciate them.
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