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Op-ed: Real joy is giving, not receiving (by Peter Children)

This year is racing to its end, for some it could be a good thing, for other perhaps not.  It has been reported both on this site and in the local paper that three young women in this area have been charged with child abuse…how horrible is that?  Yesterday while shopping I ran into an old friend and found out he is consoling child abuse victims….not something I could do, I am far too emotional for that job. He told me that many nights he lies awake unable to shake the images described by the young children as to the horrors they live through, the cruelty melted out by the very ones who gave them birth.

“It is the time of year,” he said, “a lot of stress, more than usual brought on by the demands of the holiday…that and so many are out of work,” he went on to say. This is what I say; “ Job or no job, money or no money, you do not take it out on your children or your spouse, your home…however it might be should be a haven, a sanctuary from the outside streets and playgrounds your child must deal with on a daily basis.” Your child is not the reason you are out of work, your child is not the reason you cannot buy everything you want… chances are more than likely you yourself are the reason.  Child abuse should carry a mandatary prison sentence…not county jail or a local lockup, prison, hard time for a minimum of six months….to start, longer if the crime warrants it.

If you suspect child abuse, I urge you to report it immediately; if you don’t it could mean the possible death of a child or crippling beatings.

We all know the world is not a perfect place, but for a defenseless child it should not be a battleground every day of their young lives….as they grow to maturity, if they ever do, there will be battles they will be better equipped to confront as adults. This is a season centered on the very young; and that is another issues altogether…teach you child at a early age that the real joy of this season is in giving, not receiving………

Peter J. Children

 

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