By: “How To Survive As A Woman”
“Peterson booked and released from Texas jail. By DAVE CAMPBELL
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday, capping a tumultuous week for the NFL in which criticism intensified about how it handled a domestic violence case involving another star player.
Peterson was processed at the Montgomery County jail and released on $15,000 bond, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman, Lt. Brady Fitzgerald. He is charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger, allegedly by spanking one of his sons with a wooden switch, or tree branch, in May.”
“Survive As A Woman reported:
In light of recent developments, many are confused and uncertain regarding the issue of child abuse.
As children, we all have received some form of physical correction or punishment. However, when does physical correction become child abuse?
According to current definitions, could we as parent be arrested and indicted for correcting our children in the same manner we were disciplined in our childhood?
These are troubling thoughts and questions. Thinking back to my own childhood physical discipline, even for minor infractions, I was struck by any available object or item in the room at the time, ranging from; electric extension cords, shoes, wooden and metal serving spoons, wooden sticks, iron rods, and thick leather belts.
As a result, I was left with severe wounds, black and blue bruises, and red swollen welts, on every part of my body. These wounds were painful and many times prevented me from sitting down for days after receiving such discipline.
At that time the reaction from the adult community and the authorities were mixed. Some voiced condemnation, while others, especially the authorities, would simple look the other way, stating; “you must have done something very wrong and deserved it.”
However, according to the current definitions of child abuse, the arrests and indictments of my father would numbered in the myriads, with many life time sentences to follow.
All this begs the question; are we licensed to physically discipline our children in the same fashion we were disciplined?
The organization “Childhelp, for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse,” states in the following:
“Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.”
This same source also helps us appreciation that there are several different forms of Child Abuse; Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Neglect, and Emotional abuse.
“Any non-accidental injury to a child. This includes hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping, and paddling.”
“Any sexual act between an adult and child. This includes fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex, or forced observation of sexual acts.”
“Failure to provide for a child’s physical needs. This includes lack of supervision, inappropriate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food and water, inappropriate clothing for season or weather, abandonment, denial of medical care and inadequate hygiene.”
“Any attitude or behavior which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development. This includes yelling, screaming, name-calling, shaming, negative comparisons to others, telling them they are “bad, no good, worthless” or “a mistake.”
It also includes the failure to provide the affection and support necessary for the development of a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being. This includes ignoring, lack of appropriate physical affection (hugs), not saying “I love you,” withdrawal of attention, lack of praise and lack of positive reinforcement.”
These definitions may seem to leave us with more questions than answers.
What does the law state both Federal and State regarding this matter? According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway:
“Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Federal Law”Federal legislation provides guidance to States by identifying a minimum set of acts or behaviors that define child abuse and neglect. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 5106g), as amended by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum:
For a clear definition of the subject in your state, check with the Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In conclusion, we must clearly state that we have no conclusion. Further investigation is needed to completely and fully comprehend the issue of Child Abuse.
However we can overcome some resentment by listening to other experiences. Please download: “How to Survive The Memories of an Abusive Parent”