According to the dictionary, child abuse is the mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation. This includes new cases which crops up every year, and the relationship to the percentage of people in a population who have had such experiences.
As usual, when eggheads get involved, they seek to apply “scientific” credence to individual accounts stating that objectivity has to be maintained and certain guidelines are to be followed. Thus, the eggheads have problem first defining what abuse and neglect is. The definitions of abuse utilized in government studies are based on laws, because government definitions are needed. They are also needed for purposes like determining whether or not suspected abuse should be reported, investigated, “substantiated” (as actually having occurred), and lead to action by a social service agency or court.
It was only recently in other countries and cultures around the world, that Child abuse has been seen as a major social problem and a main cause of many people’s suffering and personal problems. Of course children have been abused throughout time, witness the fourth Christian Crusades, which involved boy-preachers in 1212. Inspired by the unholy alliance between the Roman Empire and the Church, this ill-fated “Children’s Crusade” set out to “free” the holy city of Jerusalem, but on the long march to North East Africa, they only reached, as far as Outremer. Many of these children died of starvation or from hardships and drowning before the rag-tag army was forced to turn back. Some say this perhaps was the inspiration of the Pied Piper story.
Today we over define child abuse to create legal definitions so that government agencies can remove children from their homes, and to conduct thousands of research studies on the effects of abuse. His-storically and culturally this is an embedded development in a time of great spiritual void.
Some believe that, for the first time in his-story, we are beginning to face the true prevalence and significance of child abuse. Others worry that many people have become obsessed with child abuse and deny any personal responsibility for their problems while “blaming” the act on them being victim of abuse and bad parenting.
From Africa to South America, North East Africa (Middle East) to Eastern Europe, from South Asia to South East Asia, children have been some of the more prominent victim of some of the more horrendous type of child abuse imagined …WAR!POVERTY!RELIGEON! These are three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (in my estimation). To me the forth is a toss up between modern entertainment as designed by hollyweird and folly-tricks – politics.
While these above-mentioned three reasons can be included in the dictionaries definition of child abuse, the main explanation – child sexual abuse- seems to be a taboo topic for most any one except for advocates and survivors.
Child sexual abuse, regardless of pace or length is and needs to be seen as a violation of a child due to the possession and exercising of certain power and anger…RAPE!
An official viewpoint:
The FBI’s definition of rape, in what is known as the Uniform Crime Report (UCR), the annual compilation of national crime statistics, is “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.”
America Inc. being who she is, tends to be the standard for others, thus other so-called G8 countries follow this defined explanation. Independent researchers use different definitions because they are said to have different purposes than government agencies. This includes understanding the different effects of mild and extreme emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse.
Some key points to consider here are that statistics on child abuse and neglect are controversial. All statistics on the incidence and prevalence of child abuse and neglect are disputed by some experts. Emotions and moral commitments influence everyone’s reasoning and judgement to some extent. This includes that of the expert, so we also need to be weary of anyone who claims to be unbiased.
The definition of sexual abuse from those who have survived it is:
- Physical sexual: involving intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation of the child, having a child masturbate an adult, sexual touching (fondling), sexual kissing and sexual hugging;
- Overt/explicit: involving voyeurism or exhibitionism
- Covert: involving verbal sexual abuse or lack of appropriate boundary setting with the child
- Emotional sexual: involves emotional entrapment by the parent, the child being witness to sexual abuse, or not providing appropriate and healthy sexuality information.
On July the 19th, the Catholic Church apologised for sexual abusing aboriginal children in Austrailia. This is part of an ongoing attempt to rehabilitate its image whilst holding on to those not too fanatical as to be wiling to critically and objectively scrutinize the legacy of the Catholic Church, but all religious practices, as they relate to suppressing peoples emotion and common sense.
I need to venture too much into the varied tales of sexual abuse of both females and males by prominent members of the three major religions and their off shoots. Those institutions are not the only one though, even if they are the most influential and prominent. Don’t forget the page boy controversies in certain political sphere, the boy scouts, cadets, the fashion industry, the educational institution, the movie industry, the music industry and so on.
Religion plays a significant part of this whole sexual abuse agenda, either through a direct or indirect way. Directly there are many “faith”, such as the Mormons, Islam, and various cult like sects, that believe not just in polygamy, (I have no problem with that or Polyandry as long as there is no coercion), but the right to be “fruitful and multiply“.
Indirectly, religion encourages a guilty ridden complex through the suppression of our natural sexual energy with out any viable outlet, with the lack of training in properly utilizing these powerful energies for spiritual upliftment we them become psychologically frustrated, eventually exploding by reverting to our base instinct. Humans are supposed to be above basal instinct. It is primarily because of our atrophied instinct and elevated potential for mental power, why we tend to equate our self with “higher intelligence”.
Jamaica is an Island, 10990 sq km (4243 sq mi) with a moving population of 2.666 million people. I say moving population because, despite the large number of Jamaicans (roughly 2-2.5 million) in other parts of the world, the Islands population remains steady at that number. It’s as if the people have attempted to replace each individual that leaves. Jamaica has more churches per square miles than any other place in the world.
Let me repeat that…Jamaica has more churches per square miles than any other place in the world.
Let that marinate in your consciousness, while I make another point Francis Wade in a column penned for the New Black Magazine, http://www.thenewblackmagazine.com/view.aspx?index=231 where she draws a parallel between the kind of violence in Jamaica and the influx of religion and its grip on the society. While she rightly explained that Jamaica is not the poorest or least educated in the world, certainly not the Caribbean, the combination of poverty, the legacy of the Ma’afa an other factors contribute to the prevalence of violence particularly physical and sexual violence against children. Jamaica, is also a tourist destination. One of the most sought after destinations in the world. We laugh and make joke about rent-a-dreds and how Stella got her groove back, but fail to or chose to over look the fact that where ever poverty lives, predators seek to take up shop.