Florida's Child - Fatal Deception or Social Blindness?

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

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ChildHelp USA lists common indicators displayed in child abuse or neglect victims in their following list:

PHYSICAL ABUSE 1. Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, or welts inrepparttar shape of an object 2. Bite marks 3. Anti-social behavior 4. Problems in school 5. Fear of adults

EMOTIONAL ABUSE 1. Apathy 2. Depression 3. Hostility or stress 4. Lack of concentration 5. Eating disorders

SEXUAL ABUSE 1. Inappropriate interest or knowledge of sexual acts 2. Nightmares and bed wetting 3. Drastic changes in appetite 4. Overcompliance or excessive aggression 5. Fear of a particular person or family member

NEGLECT 1. Unsuitable clothing for weather 2. Dirty or unbathed 3. Extreme hunger 4. Apparent lack of supervision

In addition,repparttar 132178 Humane Society ofrepparttar 132179 United States found an interesting connection between child abuse & neglect with pet owners displaying similar characteristics. According to a 1997 survey administered to 50 ofrepparttar 132180 largest shelters for battered women made a discovery that 85 percent of women and 63 percent of children who entered shelters admitted to pet abuse/neglect incidents inrepparttar 132181 family. The Humane Society ofrepparttar 132182 United States advocates awareness to responders to (of family violence or neglect) of this animal abuse/neglect connection to human counterparts.4

Statistically speaking, information provided by multiple child welfare organizations may lend hindsight to an ever-growing epidemic of child abuse and neglect in these United States. Though `hindsight' may be 20/20, it cannot reclaimrepparttar 132183 countless lives lost in cases like that of Bradley McGee. Was his case just a freak oversight or are there multiple cases like his that have received identical inattentiveness?

Based on findings, 4.5 million children were purportedly referred to child welfare services for possible abuse - only 896,000 cases were `substantiated.' Does this mean that over 3 million cases were all completely false? Or are there several more Sheryl Coes who hide when social services pays a visit? Rationally, one would assume after allrepparttar 132184 `substantiated' cases of child abuse and neglect reports, that governmental agencies would meticulously review said statistics and actual representations of abuse/neglect cases. Furthermore, since there are multiple, annual deaths involving child abuse and neglect, it would seem beneficial for child welfare workers to have legal authority to enter a premises with or without notice, and/or permission to review infant or child environment.

Again, I reflect on a preventable death that occurred nearly 20 years ago - Bradley McGee. His life...and death did make a difference, and society cannot allow it to be in vain. If you or someone you know suspects child abuse or neglect, don't stand silent. Don't wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow may be too late. If you are a child welfare worker, remember this story well. It may just meanrepparttar 132185 difference betweenrepparttar 132186 life and death of a child.

For a listing of local state agencies, please visit: www.childhelpusa.org/report_local.htm

For further reading on Bradley McGee, see:

Braddie's Story

Braddie's Pictures

Forrepparttar 132187 Ones I Left Behind - Painting dedicated to Bradley McGee

Forrepparttar 132188 Ones I Left Behind - Poem dedicated to Bradley McGee

© Florida's Child - Fatal Deception or Social Blindness? by C. Bailey-Lloyd aka. LadyCamelot Public Relations' Director & Staff Writer www.holisticjunction.com www.mediapositiveradio.com


* Information regarding Bradley McGee was obtained directly from Ms.Kip Liles and her dedicatory websites (see article above)

1. US Department of Health & Human Services - www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/publications/cm02/index.htm

2. National Clearing House on Child Abuse & Neglect Information www.calib.com/nccanch/pubs.

3. ChildHelp USAź - www.childhelpusa.org/abuseinfo_stats.htm#fatalities

4. Animal Cruelty and Family Violence: Makingrepparttar 132189 Connection - The Humane Society ofrepparttar 132190 United States

C. Bailey-Lloyd aka. LadyCamelot Public Relations' Director & Staff Writer www.holisticjunction.com www.mediapositiveradio.com

Choice and Change, The Two Constants

Written by Clyde Dennis

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Anyway, not to get sidetracked...

If things aren'trepparttar way you want them to berepparttar 132176 first thing you must do is choose to do something different from what you're currently doing. My personal philosophy on this one is if things aren't working, ANY other course of action is better. Figuring it's already not working so I can't break it. It's already broken.

We have bothrepparttar 132177 ability andrepparttar 132178 responsibility to make conscious decisions and choices. What I'm suggesting is that you resolve to berepparttar 132179 driver in your life rather than a passenger. You wouldn't setrepparttar 132180 cruise control on your car and just let it take you where ever it ends up would you? Don't do it with your life.

We must not allow errors in judgment to be repeated every day. If you want things to be different at some point you must resolve to do some things differently. After all, What isrepparttar 132181 definition of insanity? Doingrepparttar 132182 same things you've always done expecting to get different results. It's up to you to makerepparttar 132183 choices that bringrepparttar 132184 things you want into your life. Whether it be peace, love, happiness or whatever. You must realize there are definite things you can do to bring these things to you.

Two things are always happening. You're always making choices, and these choices are always changing your world. The question is-- Are you going to allowrepparttar 132185 things that change today in your life to be random events, or are you going to exercise your freedom to choose your changes? Either way, one thing is for sure...

A change is certainly going to come.

Have a nice week.

Live some. Love some. Learn some. Everyday.


Clyde Dennis, a.k.a. "Mr. How-To" has been writing and publishing Articles and Newsletters online since 1999. Clyde's company EASYHow-To Publications provides "How-To" information on How-To do, be or have just about anything one can imagine. For more information visit http://www.EASYHow-To.com. Email correspondence for Clyde should be sent to: cdennis at easyhow-to.com

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