Posts Tagged ‘children’

What About the Kids?

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the following is true:

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. [source]
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. [source]
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women. [source]
  • Historically, females are victimized by someone they knew. [source]
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. [source]
  • Most cases of domestic violence are NEVER reported to the police. [source]

Domestic Violence Defined

According to the NCADV, domestic violence is:

..the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. [source]

But What About the Kids?

Of the various cases of domestic violence that occur each year, there are countless children who witness these acts of violence being committed against one or both of their parents. According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV),

  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
  • Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
  • 30 percent to 60 percent of perpetrators of intimate partner violence ALSO ABUSE CHILDREN IN THE HOUSEHOLD. [source]

It is important to remember that in households where domestic violence is present, often times, children are physically abused and neglected at a rate 15 times higher than the national average [source]. And even in homes where children aren’t physically abused, witnessing the abuse of other family members can have a devastating effect on that child’s life as well as their development into adulthood. In an October 2005 report prepared by the Child Well-Being and Domestic Violence Project and Prevent Child Abuse NC, reported that in the state of North Carolina, child abuse may be occurring when a parent, guardian, caretaker or custodian of a child under the age of 18:

  • Inflicts or allows someone else to inflict upon the child a serious physical injury by other than accidental means;
  • Creates or allows to be created a substantial risk of serious physical injury to the child by other than accidental means; or
  • Creates or allows to be created serious emotional damage to the child.

Recognizing Child Abuse

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, the following are a few signs that parents, caregivers and others should look for to help determine whether or not a child is being abused or neglected [source]:


  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention
  • Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
  • Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go


  • Shows little concern for the child
  • Denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child’s problems in school or at home
  • Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
  • Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
  • Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
  • Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs

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Intense Search for Missing Florida Girl Results in Tragic End

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

According to recent news reports posted only hours ago, authorities in Orange Park, Florida recovered the body of missing 7-year-old Somer Thompson.  Thompson was a north Florida girl who disappeared while walking home from school.

Thompson’s body was discovered in a Georgia landfill near the Florida state line after local detectives followed some garbage trucks that were leaving Thompson’s neighborhood.  Detectives soon made the gruesome discovery after they first spotted Thompson’s legs and partially covered body immersed under a conglomeration of garbage.  Identification of the body was determined based on clothing and a birthmark that matched Thompson’s.

According to Clay County Sheriff, Rick Beseler, following the discovery of Thompson’s body, more than 70 registered sex offenders in the area have been interviewed.  What is, perhaps, more disturbing is the fact that Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show that there are more than 160 sex offenders who live within a five-mile radius of the Thompsons’ home.

The murder of Somer Thompson has come as a tragic shock for the community she lived in. And as more details on this case emerge, it is the hope of many that police will find the killer soon before anyone else gets hurt.

For one family, it is already too late.

When it came time to break the news to Somer’s mother, Diena Thompson, that her daughter’s body had been found, Beseler was quoted as saying:

I had to make one of the hardest calls I’ve ever had to make in my career last night. [source]

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Private Investigators’ Interrogation Leads to Questions About School Policy & Safety of Children

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

If a couple of policemen walked into a school and asked to speak to a student, would you have a problem with it?  What if the persons wanting to speak with the student were not policemen but, instead, were private investigators?

According to a recent article published by, a couple of private investigators from CSI Consulting and Investigations were looking for a missing child involved in a civil custody case.  Donning custom-made badges and baseball caps that read “CSI,” investigators showed up at Shaffer Elementary School and  showed a picture of the missing child to school principal, Gina Rivas.  After some time, Rivas volunteered the name of a student whom she felt most resembled the one on the missing child flyer.

Investigators wound up interviewing 8-year-old student, Lily Findley, about the missing child and the custody case.   So, what was the problem then?  Apparently, the principal never asked the investigators for any identification, relying solely on appearances and trusting that they were some sort of law enforcement officials.  However, John Sampson, one of the private investigators and owner of CSI Consulting and Investigations, was quoted as saying that the principal was informed right up front that the investigators were from a private investigators company. Sampson further stated that sheriff’s deputies as well as the little girl’s parents were not involved at all until Sampson insisted that they be present.

The article goes on to state:

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Jim Shires said authorities were first notified of the situation at the school by the private investigators. Deputies called the Findleys, he said.

“We were told by school staff that they thought these gentlemen, these private investigators were police,” said Shires. “We do not believe any police impersonation took place.” [source]

While there may have been no harm done, this incident raises many questions about the judgment (or lack thereof) that school officials exercise as well as the possible ease with which someone might impersonate a government official in order to manipulate children…or possibly kidnap them.  What do you think about this situation?  Do you think that the principal is wholly to blame?

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