Reason for blog

" I Blog4Peace"

on NOV 4th I am involved with "BlogBlast for Peace"

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, October 20, 2011

#14/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/US child abuse/deaths

As I look for a topic to write about for my "100 reasons to blog for Peace", I check the news and headlines to see what is being talked about.
I was told by a friend that if I were going to write about Peace I should stay away from politics? The more I read what is happening in this world I realize Politics has a Lot to do with Peace or lack of. 
I try to look for topics that need changing for the world to be at peace or at the least a little better. Hopefully to help spread the word and hope of a brighter tomorrow !
Today I see an article about a topic folks avoid talking about if they can. God knows it is hard to stomach and think about..
Child Abuse , we don't like to talk about it, so of course the media doesn't talk about it unless it is a celebrity or on page 8 somewhere?  When I started reading the stats in the first article it blew my mind , it made me want to throw up. 
I am a survivor, so it hits even closer to me.
I have copied some of the parts that really woke me up and  the links I found these stats hoping you will go read the rest too. 
Finding images to go with the story was almost more than I could bear at one sitting. I wanted to cry , scream , even shout , "what the hell is wrong with our country?"

Why is Child Abuse So Much More Pervasive in the U.S.

Read more at: Eric Steinman

The fact is, as child abuse exists around the globe, it is the first world, highly industrialized, United States that boasts some of the highest rates of child abuse in the world. Here is a statistic for you courtesy of the BBC: Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the child maltreatment death rate in the US is triple Canada’s and 11 times that of Italy.

Many legislators choose to blame parents for the abuse (as no abusive parent should remain blameless), but aren’t they neglecting to see that the state, as well as the federal government, is complicit in fostering an environment perfect for such abuse.

Read more:

 this was a headline hard to read and the article was even  more shocking , I only copied some of it here to get folks looking ... 
America's child death shame
Michael Petit is the president of Every Child Matters. He served as the state of Maine's human services commissioner, and as deputy of the Child Welfare League of America.

Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The child maltreatment death rate in the US is triple Canada's and 11 times that of Italy. Millions of children are reported as abused and neglected every year. Why is that
 Downward spiral
Part of the answer is that teen pregnancy, high-school dropout, violent crime, imprisonment, and poverty - factors associated with abuse and neglect - are generally much higher in the US.
Further, other rich nations have social policies that provide child care, universal health insurance, pre-school, parental leave and visiting nurses to virtually all in need.
In the US, when children are born into young families not prepared to receive them, local social safety nets may be frayed, or non-existent. As a result, they are unable to compensate for the household stress the child must endure.
In the most severe situations, there is a predictable downward spiral and a child dies. Some 75% of these children are under four, while nearly half are under one.
Geography matters a lot in determining child well-being. Take the examples of Texas and Vermont.
Texas prides itself in being a low tax, low service state. Its per capita income places it in the middle of the states, while its total tax burden - its willingness to tax itself - is near the bottom.
Vermont, in contrast, is at the other extreme. It is a high-tax, high-service state.

 Please take time to go read the articles in the full story, or just use that time to share this story to others . 
Let's spread the word that we want a change for the children of tomorrow!
The leaders of today have to Stand up for the children Today because those children are going to lead the world in the future...
May Peace and Blessings be upon You!
this was the hardest blog to write out of over 85 I have written.:>(


  1. I did my 2009 Blogblast on this topic. It breaks your heart and the statistics... no words :-(

    Now, on a brighter note...

    OH WOW!!!

    I had no idea you'd started a new blog, based on the 100 challenge. So did I! I feel so... warm-fuzzy-kindred-spirit-great-idea. :-D LOL

    I love your background too.

    My 100 reasons are here:

    you may already know this, but Blogblast is zooming so fast this year that you may not, just as I never got here till today. Going to go browse! ;-)

  2. Thanks Michelle for stopping by and leaving such a sweet message . The stats I learned doing this blog was shocking and heart breaking .
    I have that warm-fuzzy-kindred-spirit-great-idea. :-D Maybe we can start a fad for Peace Blogs :>)
    I sent you an email thanking you for stopping by too .
    I hope folks will visit your thimbles too they are great. peace


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