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  •  Children and the Elderly, yes (7+ / 0-)

    mostly defenseless.  The history of child abuse is sordid, ugly, and it just continues.  Of course, until the mid 1950's, and the invention of X-rays, battered child syndrome wasn't even recognized.  At the end of the late 19th century, the first official report of child abuse had to be made to the ASPCA.  In the 1960's, when teachers molested kids, we didn't talk about, they were just transferred.  Overall, we have made some limited headway. We just need to make much more progress on this.

     I'd really love to see more education and  prevention work going on, instead of crisis management after the event, but there's never the money to do it in any effective fashion.  Sigh.  

    You are my brother, my sister.

    by RoCali on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 12:33:20 PM PST

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    •  I saw a TV show (6+ / 0-)

      about the reporting to the ASPCA when I was very young.  I still remember it all these years later.

      "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

      by NancyWH on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 12:55:10 PM PST

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      •  The neighbors knew that little girl's (6+ / 0-)

        life was going to end and tried desperately to get help.  There simply were no agencies to go to.  The ASPCA kindly agreed to help and the child was ultimately saved.  It is a poignant story that really does stay with you.  I learned about it many years ago in college in a child abuse class.  I cannot remember her name after all these years, but I cannot forget her story.

        You are my brother, my sister.

        by RoCali on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:01:44 PM PST

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