“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Monday, February 18, 2013

Violence against Children

A disturbing BBC documentary shows that child murder (usually by very close relatives) is three times higher in the USA than in other countries such as Britain, Japan, Germany, France.

Why? Two possible explanations stand out:

--massive wealth discrepancies.
--culture of violence fomented by "foreign policy"

It was also notable that Britain had the lowest rate of the sampled countries. National Health? You get free nurse visits after a baby is born. Everyone gets them. At risk families can be spotted.

This is close to my heart because

--wife is CPA for the Children's Assessment Center which works with abused children (instead of having them sent to the police)
--mum used to be consultant for at risk kids' day care centers in the UK. Prevalence in UK and USA of social workers not seeing obvious signs.

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