Child Abuse is an Accident?
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I feel compelled to write in regard to the front page article, "Balloon release sheds light on child abuse" in the Courier's Wednesday, April 3rd edition of the paper.
I think that the balloon release was a wonderful tribute to Andraia Boles whose young life was cut tragically short by the abuse at the hands of her so called parents. It's important that the awareness of child abuse and neglect is increased not only in our own community of Liberty County, but throughout the country and the world.
However, I take umbrage at the comment by Pastor Richard D. Hayes who said, "We realize the unfortunate, tragic accident that took place not long ago concerning Miss Boles..."
Accident? Really? So, Pastor Hayes believes that child abuse is an accident?
Don't even get me started on the fact that he calls this 3 year old child "Miss".
Pastor Hayes would do well to read up on the statistics and definitions of child abuse, because he certainly wasn't listening when Leah Poole presented some of those facts.
And if what happened to "Miss" Boles is not considered child abuse in Pastor Hayes' eyes, what other 'abuse' does he consider 'tragic accidents'?
More than 78% of reported child fatalities as a result of abuse and neglect were caused by one or more of the child victim’s parents.
Social acceptance of myths silences victims and encourages public denial about the true nature of this silent epidemic. Accurate information is key when confronting and preventing child abuse.
I would suggest that we all do our part to educate ourselves on this silent epidemic and do our part to protect the children who cannot protect themselves.
And I would ask Pastor Hayes, in the future to watch the words he uses. Child abuse is no accident.

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Gypsy commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 16:06 PM

Point well taken in defense of the Pastor, sebekm.
I would like to point out the fact that one of the earlier articles in the Courier described the tragic death of the 3 year old child, as well as her parents tendency to leave her locked in the bathroom while the father went to work and the mother went to school. From what the paper reported, Andraia died after her father entered the bathroom after the child inadvertantly flooded the bathroom due to filling the toilet with bathroom tissue, and he 'disciplined' her by placing her in the bathtub and dumping the toilet water over her head. Each time she tried to get out, he knocked her back in.
As far as the "diminutive term" of "Miss" here in the Southern states - it is used typically as a form of respect to older adult females. Or that has been my experience over the past 30 years of living in the southern states. Thanks for your comments.
Respectfully ~ Gypsy

HMJC commented on Thursday, Apr 04, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The sad part is, we used to have a way of dealing with pieces of trash like that. As arcane as it sounds, a little what is good for the goose is good for the gander is suitable for this situation. Pat Benatar wrote a beautiful song called "Suffer the Litte Children" that regards child abuse. It seems we latch on to I dare say "little" things but turn a blind eye to real tragedy. We all have a responsibility to stand up for those that cannot stand up for themselves.

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