Monday, June 12, 2006


Child abuse is a crime and needs to be reported. As health professions and citizens, we are mandated reporters. We are the eyes and ears for the government and the crime against children must stop. There are too many incidents when a parent claims to be spanking their child and its the first time that their child is in the hospital. The viscous cycle of abuse occurs from generation to generation as a mental illness from domestic violence, sexual abuse or verbal abuse. Children that are abused take out their anger and rage on the community. We see people firing guns in other countries and violence at large but we are the 5th most violent country in the nation. We should think about that.


Did you know that hitting a child with any instrument such as a switch, belt, stick, paddle, chopstick, etc is considered abuse?


I just started my internship at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and my day was comprised of a training seminar on Child Abuse and Neglect. It moved me into tears when I heard and saw the things that we talked about on my first day at DOHMH. We as health advocates need to be aware of abuse and know that we can get those children help by reporting it. Please do your duty as a human being and not allow your head to turn the other way when someone is crying out for help.


At 3:36 PM, Blogger Kate Gase said...

I hope that you are not moved to tears everyday you are at your internship, but know that you are doing a wonderful thing by giving your time there. It is a vitally important topic that does not get spoken about often enough.


At 2:49 PM, Blogger soukphpb said...

Well the tears probably come every other day! HAHA, just kidding. Thanks for thinking that its an important topic too.


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