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{November 9, 2012}   Times Have Changed

When I was growing up, the common belief was that children were the property of their parents; society assumed that parents would always keep the child’s best interest in mind in decisions on child-rearing, and that discipline of children should be the sole discretion of parents. This societal attitude contributed to a great deal of hidden child abuse, and shamed abused children into silence. But today, another belief has taken hold–that parents have a responsibility to raise children in a humane way, without inflicting unreasonable violence and neglect upon the child, no matter what the parent’s philosophy on child rearing is. We’ve become a better society since this shift in attitudes took hold, and parents who abuse their children–those who starve, beat, or otherwise brutalize their children–will now serve long prison sentences as a result.

Here is a local case of child abuse in Georgia (Paulding County.) Forty years ago, these parents would have walked free. But times have changed, and we are better people for it today.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/paulding-abuse-case-comers-denied-bond/nS24c/

 

 

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